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Dr Victoria Chapman

Victoria leads and works as part of a specialist team of scientists working on a range of rail and environmental projects based at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham.

Areas of expertise

Victoria's areas of expertise include:

  • Leaf fall, low adhesion and wind throw research and consultancy for the railway sector
  • Project management
  • Data and model development for a range of applications
  • GIS analysis and visualisation
  • Satellite rainfall monitoring

Current activities

Victoria's main research interest is the development and delivery of low adhesion and wind throw forecasts for the railways and other sectors. Victoria also enjoys developing, modelling and analysing weather and climate data sets to provide bespoke solutions for clients.

Career background

Victoria currently leads and works as part of a dynamic, remote team of scientists working on a range of transport and environmental projects. Victoria works as a scientific consultant, developing bespoke solutions and delivering research to meet customer needs. As part of her association with BCRRE, Victoria holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham.

Victoria joined the Met Office in 2007 as a Senior Scientist where she focused on the development of the ADAS/ Met Office leaf fall model and delivery of autumn low adhesion forecasts. Her previous work also involved developing and delivering agri-environmental services to various clients including dispersion modelling for planning and permitting applications for various sectors. In 2010, she became Scientific Manager of a team of scientists working on industry focused projects.

Prior to joining the Met Office, Victoria worked as a GIS and Business Developer Consultant at an environmental consultancy, providing spatial analysis and visualisation of geospatial data for a variety of projects for national government, regulatory and corporate clients.

Prior to working in consultancy, Victoria held postdoctoral research positions at Birmingham and Oxford University. She used her remote sensing, GIS and programming skills to work on various projects including the European Space Agency (ESA) project to assess snow and light rainfall from space, modelling of railway temperatures to assess railway buckling (RSSB), and mapping West Nile Virus risk in the UK using satellite data.

Victoria was awarded her PhD on the assessment of passive microwave rainfall estimates from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission at the University of Birmingham in 2004. She also has a Masters of Science degree in Applied Meteorology and Climatology with distinction (University of Birmingham) and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Science (University of Birmingham).

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