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Dr Paul Earnshaw

Paul works to develop the Global Atmosphere model.

Paul works to develop the Global Atmosphere Model, with a particular interest in dynamics and model resolution.

Current activities

Paul works to maintain and develop the Met Office Numerical Weather Prediction models configuration of the Unified Model, by diagnosing problems, and working to provide solutions either directly or by liasing with the wider research community within the Met Office, Universities or other external collaborators. When model changes are proposed these are then tested and extensively trialled before moving forward towards operational implementation. In particular Paul focuses on changes to the model dynamics and resolution.

Paul's work also includes participation in Coordinated Energy and Water Cycle Observations Project (CEOP) overseen by Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX). This project aims to enhance our knowledge of the energy and water cycles at a variety of time and space scales. In doing this it will provide high quality model and observation datasets that will allow us to evaluate and improve the performance of the Unified Model.

Paul is a member of the WMO CBS Coordination Group on Forecast Verification.

Career background

Paul has been a member of the Global Atmosphere Model Development (GAMD) group since he joined the Met Office in 2002. Prior to joining the Met Office Paul completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Exeter. His PhD looked into the fluid dynamics of planetary scale systems and efficient numerical methods for representing these dynamics.

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