Dr Heather Ashton

Heather is responsible for supporting the development of the Met Office's models and post processing systems for forecasting rainfall, soil state and flooding.

Areas of expertise

Heather's areas of expertise include:

  • Land surface modelling
  • Soil moisture diagnosis

Current activities

Heather is a scientist supporting the research and development into operational short range forecasting (nowcasting) systems for precipitation. She also works on developing and testing improvements to the operational systems for diagnosing soil moisture and subsurface runoff within the NWP post-processing system.

Heather's recent work has included implementation of a nowcast river flow product into the UKPP system and improvements to soil ancillaries, soil parameterisations and runoff.

Career background

Heather joined the Met Office in April 2009 having completed a PhD in meteorology jointly at Reading University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology ( CEH), Wallingford. Her PhD focused on modelling the coupling between the land surface and atmosphere using the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES, based on MOSES, the land surface model used in the Met Office Unified Model). She was part of the Climate Modelling group at  CEH and played an active part in the development of JULES.

Last updated: 9 April 2014