Dr Ian Boutle
Ian works on cloudy boundary layers and their representation within the Met Office's Unified Model.
Areas of expertise
Ian is currently on a 12 month secondment to NIWA, where he is helping to develop and implement a very high resolution model of the Auckland area, similar to what the Met Office run operationally over London. He is also utilising high resolution modelling to assist with scenario planning for tropical cyclones making landfall in New Zealand.
Ian is also leading the work to implement physical parametrizations from the Unified Model into LFRic, building on previous experience undertaking a similar task when the ENDGame dynamical core was implemented into the Unified Model.
Previously, Ian has worked on how very high resolution modelling of the Greater London area may help improve fog forecasting at Heathrow airport. He has also lead modelling studies of the VOCALS, COALESC and LANFEX field campaigns, and he has contributed to GCSS intercomparisons, investigating stratocumulus to shallow cumulus transitions and cloud-climate feedbacks.
Ian joined the Met Office in 2009, joining the Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations group. Before joining the Met Office, Ian completed a PhD in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, investigating the coupling between the atmospheric boundary layer and mid-latitude cyclones. Ian also gained a first class honours degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Warwick.
Ian is a member of the GASS panel, which has responsibility for fostering international collaboration on atmospheric physics and parametrization development.
Ian was awarded an honorable mention in the 2017 WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development.
Ian was awarded the Royal Meteorological Society's L. F. Richardson Prize in 2016.
Ian is an honorary research fellow in Astrophysics at the University of Exeter.
Ian was an Associate Editor for the American Meteorological Society journal Monthly Weather Review.