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Dr Emilie Vanvyve

Areas of expertise

  • Regional climate modelling
  • Wind resource assessment for the wind energy sector
  • Industrial and urban air quality

Current activities

Emilie joined the Surface Transport and Utilities team in 2015 as a Senior Scientist. Work in the team primarily relates to Transport services, Energy and Resilience. Emilie's role is to pursue work on the European FP7 EUPORIAS project, building a prototype for the seasonal prediction of winter weather impacts on transport in the UK (road, rail and aviation sectors).

Career background

Emilie obtained her PhD in physics in 2007 from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Her PhD was centred on the regional climate modelling of the West African monsoon, with a particular focus on land-atmosphere interactions, rainfall at the intra/inter-annual time scales and recent severe droughts.

After her PhD, Emilie worked for three years at Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (Cambridge, UK) as a Scientific Consultant. She contributed to the development of the ADMS suite of atmospheric dispersion models for industrial, urban and airport air quality management.

Emilie then spent three years as an Associate Scientist III for the Research Applications Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. She worked there on pioneering a new analog-ensemble technique for assessing the wind resource of candidate wind-farm sites.

After moving back to Europe, Emilie joined the Met Office in 2014 as a Senior Scientist in the new Insurance and Capital Markets team. Emilie worked towards understanding the needs of potential customers in these markets and developing bespoke products to meet requirements (pilot products based on European winter windstorms at various time scales). In 2015, Emilie joined the Surface Transport and Utilities team.