Dr Kwinten Van Weverberg
Kwinten is a research scientist at the Met Office working on large-scale cloud parametrizations.
Areas of expertise
Radiative transfer in cloudy atmospheres
Kwinten is a visiting scientist within the Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations team. Currently Kwinten investigates how to improve the representation of clouds in weather prediction and climate models. Using a multitude of ground-based and remote sensing observations for model evaluation, he aims at understanding the reasons for specific model biases.
Kwinten developed the bimodal cloud fraction parametrization used in the Regional Atmosphere 3 configuration and performed a number of studies evaluating different cloud schemes over the tropics, midlatitudes and the arctic, with a focus on cloud-radiative effects.
Kwinten also has an interest in land-atmosphere-precipitation interactions and is involved in a number of GEWEX Global Atmospheric System Studies projects on this topic.
Kwinten joined the Met Office in 2014 as part of the Clouds and Microphysics group. Previously, Kwinten obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2010. His PhD-thesis was entitled 'Modelling of intense precipitation in Belgium'. In 2010, Kwinten started a two-year postdoc at the Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory (U.S.) as part of the Faster-project. In 2012, he continued with a postdoc at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on high-resolution climate modelling (MACCBET).