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Prof Simon Vosper

Simon is the Head of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations.

Simon is Director of Meteorological Science. Additionally Simon has specific responsibilities for leading the Foundation science directorate, which consists of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations, Dynamics, Global Model Development, Observation Based Research and Science Partnerships.

Current activities

Simon is Director of Meteorological Science, working closely with the Chief Scientist, Stephen Belcher, on the Science strategy and its implementation. Additionally Simon has specific responsibilities for leading the Foundation science directorate, which consists of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations, Dynamics, Global Model Development, Observation Based Research and Science Partnerships. Together these areas provide the science and model developments which are crucial to both weather and climate prediction. Simon co-ordinates the work of these teams, and their links to Weather science, Climate science and Applied science.

Career background

Simon joined the Met Office in 2001 as a research scientist. Prior to this he was based at the University of Leeds (including stints at the University of Surrey) as a postdoctoral research fellow, latterly funded by the NERC postdoctoral fellowship scheme.

Simon completed a PhD on the behaviour of orographic internal gravity waves at the Department of Applied Mathematical Studies, University of Leeds in 1995. Following this he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on a number of projects at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and at the University of Surrey. His experience includes participation in and coordination of field measurement programmes, fluid dynamical laboratory experiments and numerical modelling.

External Recognition

  • Simon was awarded the L.F. Richardson Prize in 2005. The L.F. Richardson prize is awarded annually for an outstanding paper published in the Royal Meteorological Society journals by an author under the age of 35.

  • Simon was awarded the L.G. Groves Memorial Prize for Meteorology in 2007. This is awarded annually to members of the Met Office and the Royal Navy, Army and RAF for the most important contributions to the science of meteorology, the application of meteorology to aviation or operational meteorology.

  • Simon is a member of the international steering committee for the ICAM and has previously served on the international steering committee for the American Meteorological Society Mountain Meteorology conference.

  • Simon is an Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

  • Simon is a Visiting Professor at School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

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