Professor Stephen Belcher

Stephen Belcher is Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre for climate science and services, and Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading.

Current activities

The mission of the Met Office Hadley Centre is to provide robust scientific advice on climate variability and change to UK Government, and is consistently ranked as one of the world's foremost research centres for climate science. As Director, Stephen has overall responsibility for the annual budget of £25M and leadership and management of 175 scientific staff, many of whom are experts in their field. As well as overseeing the scientific direction of the Met Office Hadley Centre, Stephen represents the Met Office Hadley Centre to Government Sponsors, particularly DECC and Defra, who fund the core science programme on behalf of UK Government. He recently led the initiation of the Climate Science for Services Partnership, a research programme that is bringing together the best of UK and Chinese climate research for climate services.
 
Stephen is an expert in turbulence in the atmosphere and oceans, and continues to work one day per week at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. He leads the OSMOSIS project on turbulence in the ocean surface boundary layer and, until its recent completion, the ClearFlo project on the meteorology and air quality of London, both funded by NERC.

Career background

Since obtaining his PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990, Stephen has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on a wide variety of topics in atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. Having completed his PhD he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. In 1994 he moved to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he served as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences between 2007 and 2010.  In 2010 he became the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems. This role gave him a taster of working closely with the Met Office, and in 2012 he was appointed Head of the Met Office Hadley Centre.

External recognition

Last updated: 20 December 2015

About Stephen Belcher

Professor Stephen Belcher

Stephen Belcher

Areas of expertise include:

  • Atmospheric and oceanic turbulence  
  • Boundary layer meteorology, especially urban meteorology  
  • Ocean mixed layer  
  • Dispersion and transport in the atmosphere  
  • Impact of climate change on urban areas  

Publications by Stephen

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