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.

Recently she has been studying the influence of the physical characteristics of volcanic ash - its size, density and shape - on the settling velocity of ash particles through the atmosphere and how they are represented in NAME.

Career background

Frances has worked in the Atmospheric Dispersion 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: 15 April 2014