Dr Cyril Morcrette

Cyril leads a team improving the way that clouds and radiation are represented in weather forecasts and climate simulations.

Current activities

Cyril is a science manager within the Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations team. He leads the Clouds and Radiation group which is working on improving the Met Office Unified Model, which is used for both weather forecasting and climate prediction. The group focuses on:

  • improving the representation of clouds within the atmosphere
  • developing better ways of representing the interaction between clouds and radiation
  • improving the representation of radiative transfer in clear-sky.

Previously, Cyril's work focused on the evaluation and development of the prognostic cloud scheme (PC2). Through collaborations, Cyril is interested in using remote-sensing observations to validate the clouds in the Unified Model. Cyril is the code-owner of the cloud parametrization scheme. He has also maintained his interest in conditional symmetric instability (CSI) and is co-supervising PhD students based at the University of Reading and at Imperial College London.

Career background

Cyril has been leading the Cloud and Radiation group since 2013 and has been a member of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations since joining the Met Office in 2006. Previously, Cyril obtained a degree in physics from the University of Warwick and a PhD in meteorology from the University of Reading. As a post-doc in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, he carried out research on the initiation of convective storms in the British Isles.

Last updated: 9 April 2014

About Cyril Morcrette

Dr Cyril Morcrette

Cyril works on the representation of clouds in numerical models.

Areas of expertise:

  • Cloud parametrization.

  • Initiation of atmospheric convection.

  • Slantwise convection and conditional symmetric instability.

Publications by Cyril