Dr Richard Gilham

Richard works on various scientific and technical aspects of the land surface in the Met Office's Unified Model and JULES community model.

Current activities

Richard's main focus is on various aspects of the land surface, contributing to improvements in the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) and Met Office Unified Model. This work feeds through to improvements in weather forecasts and climate science, supporting Met Office customers and the academic community.

Richard's current work is focused on implementing and exploiting new functionality in the land surface. This ranges from the inclusion of wildfires to a more flexible representation of soil in the model, accompanied by significant underpinning technical improvements. These will contribute to a range of high level projects including the next generation UK Earth System Model and the UK Environmental Prediction project.

Additionally, Richard has a long-standing passion for science communication, taking part in many science outreach events and aiding communication of Met Office science.

Career background

Richard originally trained as a chemist, studying at the University of Birmingham. His PhD in computational chemistry focused on the optical properties of water microdroplets and molecular arrangements in water nanoclusters. Following this, he spent about 5 years at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London where he set up and ran a laboratory researching measurement of airborne nanoparticles and calibration of air quality instrumentation. Whilst at NPL he attained Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Scientist (CSci) status.

Richard joined the Met Office in 2010 with the Climate Consultancy team in the Met Office Hadley Centre. There he spent two years working on a wide range of projects investigating the impacts of climate change for a range of government and commercial customers. After a 3-month period working on aircraft-mounted aerosol instrumentation, Richard took up his present role in autumn 2012.

Last updated: 23 February 2015

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