Dr Frances Beckett

Frances models the transport of volcanic ash using the Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME).

Areas of expertise

Frances' areas of expertise include:

  • Volcanology
  • Volcanic ash dispersion modelling

Current activities

Frances' work is focused on the development of the representation of volcanic ash clouds in the Met Office's atmospheric dispersion model NAME.

Frances is involved in the EU FP7 FUTUREVOLC project.  Recently she has been studying the sensitivity of forecasts of ash cloud transport to the physical characteristics of the particles, their size, shape and density, defined in NAME. Frances' work also includes modelling the resuspension and subsequent advection of particles from ash deposits in southern Iceland.

Career background

Frances has worked in the Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Group since joining the Met Office in 2012. Prior to this, Frances completed a PhD in Physical Volcanology and a MSci in Environmental Geoscience at the University of Bristol.

Last updated: 29 May 2014