Dr Sophie Murray

Sophie examines the Sun-Earth connection, analysing solar active regions and flares as well as developing thermospheric and ionospheric modelling.

Current Activities 

Sophie transitions basic science research to operational space-weather forecasting. She is currently working on improving solar-flare forecasting and active-region tracking methods used by the forecasters here.

Sophie was recently involved with Work Package 5 of the European FP7 ATMOP project, aimed at developing data assimilation for global analysis and prediction. More specifically, schemes were developed for near-real-time assimilation of thermospheric and ionospheric data into advanced predictive semi-empirical and general circulation models of the thermosphere. Sophie mainly worked with the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model, developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the USA. The results of implementing data assimilation with this model are currently being tested against independent thermospheric density observations.

Career Background

Sophie has been a researcher in the Space Weather Research Group since she joined the Met Office in May 2013. She completed a PhD in Solar Physics in the Astrophysics Research Group, Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD focused on investigating the link between solar active-region magnetic-field evolution and flaring. Prior to this she completed an MSc in Space Science at University College London, and a BA Mod (Hons) in Physics and Astrophysics at Trinity College Dublin.

Last updated: 4 April 2014

About Dr. Sophie Murray

Dr Sophie Murray

Sophie transitions basic research to operational space weather forecasting.

Areas of Expertise

  • Solar flare prediction
  • Solar active region evolution
  • Solar magnetic field topology
  • Solar atmosphere observations and modelling
  • Thermosphere and ionosphere observations and modelling
  • Data assimilation