An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Frankie Cottrell

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Cloud Physics

Current Activities 

Frankie’s current ongoing work involves running single column models, as well as high-resolution simulations over multiple domains across the globe where there are observations, particularly focussing on Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) sites. Comparisons will be made between different configurations of cloud, microphysics and convection schemes to inform the unification of a single large-scale cloud fraction scheme.

Career Background

Prior to joining the Met Office in September 2023, Frankie studied Mathematics (BSc) at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2022. She then went on to study Weather and Climate Science (MSc; University of Exeter) in 2022/23.

As part of her MSc, Frankie had a particular focus on researching the so-called ‘signal-to-noise paradox’, which is the underestimation of the amplitude of predictable signals seen in climate forecasts on seasonal-to-decadal timescales. Particularly, she looked for signal-to-noise errors in atmosphere-only simulations of sea level pressure in the Northern Hemisphere winter, and explored the impact of horizontal model resolution.

Frankie's Publications