An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Dr Jean-Claude Thelen

Areas of expertise

  • Radiative transfer theory
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Mathematical / numerical modelling
  • 1D-Var retrieval theory

Publications by Jean-Claude

Current activities

Jean-Claude is currently studying the retrieval of the Earth's surface properties, such as temperature and emissivity/reflectances from air/space-borne hyperspectral radiance measurements and the possibility of identifying the underlying surface from the radiance measurements. He is also involved in the development of a fast retrieval scheme, based on the Havemann-Taylor fast radiative transfer code, which could serve as an alternative to atmospheric correction codes.

Career background

Jean-Claude graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a Honours Degree in Mathematics in 1994. He then obtained a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 1998 before joining the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago as a research associate, studying the generation of small-scale solar magnetic field. Before joining the Met Office in September 2002 , he held a Marie-Curie fellowship at the Department of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, looking into the stability of solar prominences. At the Met Office Jean-Claude first worked in the Atmospheric Physical Processes Group where he was responsible for the radiative transfer code within the Unified Model. In 2007 he joined the Observation Based Research group where he studies retrieval of the atmospheric and surface properties from hyperspectral
air/space-borne radiance measurements.

External recognition

  • Awarded a Marie-Curie Fellowship in 2002.
  • Member of the NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) funding review panel for the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS).