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Dr Ben Shipway

Ben manages a team in Dynamics Research

Ben leads the scientific development of LFRic - the next generation replacement for the Unified Model.

Current Activities

Ben is a scientific manager, leading a team within the Dynamics Research group to develop the scientific aspects of LFRic - the next generation replacement for the Unified Model.  From a dynamics perspective this is geared towards development of the GungHo dynamical core - a compatible mixed finite element approach, initially targeting a cubed-sphere mesh.

Ben is also interested in physics-dynamics coupling aspects and works closely with colleagues in Atmospheric Processes and Paramtrizations integrating the subgrid physics schemes into the LFRic framework.

Ben is also interested in process modelling and physics parametrization development; in particular microphysics, aerosol-cloud interactions and convection.  Ben developed the CASIM bulk microphysics code, which provides a flexible framework from which to investigate aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions and microphysics complexity, both in the context of NWP systems and high resolution process modelling. 

Ben has also been an active member of GASS and the International Cloud Modelling Workshop. Ben co-chaired and hosted the 9th ICMW and sits on the Scientific Steering Committee of GASS. 

Career background

Ben started at the Met Office in 2003 as a member of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations. Prior to joining the Met Office, Ben completed a PhD in linear wave theory at the Department of Mathematics in the University of Bristol, where he also received his undergraduate degree. Ben spent a year temporarily managing the convection group within Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations, before moving to his current position in Dynamics Research in 2015.

Ben's early work at the Met Office focussed on the development of convective parametrizations, using Cloud Resolving Models as his primary tool. However, along the way, Ben developed interests in a range of related areas, including the use of bulk and bin microphysics and cloud-aerosol interactions.

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