Deborah Lee

Deborah is a scientist working in Observations Research and Development, with particular specialisms in volcanic ash observations and atmospheric pressure measurement.

Areas of expertise:

  • Volcanic ash observations
  • Pressure instruments and measurement
  • Meteorological and aviation pressure derivations
  • Volcanic forcing of climate

Current activities

Deborah is currently working alongside European partners on the 2-year WEZARD (WEather HaZARD for aeronautics) project, managing the scientific contributions for the Meteo work package. This involves a review and gap analysis of volcanic ash observation capabilities across Europe including satellite, radar, lidar, research aircraft, UAVs and aerosol sondes, with the objective of defining future research and development priorities for the EU.

Supporting efforts to monitor ash clouds during the Icelandic eruptions of 2010 and 2011, Deborah developed training material for Met Office Hazard Centre forecasters on the detection of volcanic ash using lidar and LCBR (Laser Cloud Base Recorder) observations.

Career background

Deborah joined the Met Office Observations Research and Development team in 2008. Working with surface meteorology instrumentation and measurement, she gained an in-depth knowledge in the field of atmospheric pressure. This includes the setup and configuration of modern pressure sensors, the equations used for derived pressures (QFE, QFF and QNH) and an understanding of the practical issues and environmental influences relating to pressure measurement. Deborah has also developed and presented a training session on this subject at the Met Office College.

From 2005, Deborah studied at Lancaster University as a mature student where she gained a First Class BSc in Earth and Environmental Science, and was awarded the Princess Alexandra Medal in recognition of exceptional academic performance. She was also a voluntary observer at the Hazelrigg Climatological Station.

Continuing a project started at Lancaster University relating to the volcanic forcing of climate, Deborah had a paper published in International Journal of Climatology in External link icon International Journal of Climatology October 2009: Trans-hemispheric effects of large volcanic eruptions as recorded by an early 19th century diary.

During her earlier career as an IT professional, Deborah worked in several roles including computer programmer, IT technical analyst and database designer.

Last updated: 8 April 2014