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Dr Victoria Chapman

Victoria manages the Met Office Rural Environment Team that delivers bespoke consultancy and research in the rural and environmental sectors in partnership with ADAS.

Areas of expertise

Victoria's areas of expertise include:

  • Leaf fall, low adhesion and wind throw research and consultancy for the railway sector
  • Provision of pest and disease models and forecasting services in the agricultural sector
  • Agricultural and climate data set development and analysis
  • Atmospheric dispersion modelling for planning and permitting
  • GIS analysis and visualisation
  • Satellite rainfall monitoring

Current activities

Victoria's main research interest is the development and delivery of leaf fall, wind throw and low adhesion forecast systems for the railways and other sectors. Victoria also enjoys developing and analysing climate data sets to provide bespoke research for agricultural and environmental research projects.

Career background

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. In addition to delivering agri-environmental services to various clients, she also gained experience of dispersion modelling using ADMS and AERMOD for planning and permitting applications for various sectors. In 2010, she became Scientific Manager of the MORET group based at ADAS.

Prior to being a team member of MORET, Victoria worked as a GIS and Business Developer Consultant at ADAS for 3 years, where she got involved in the delivery of leaf fall and dispersion modelling work for MORET. She also provided spatial analysis and visualisation of geospatial data for a variety of projects for national government, regulatory and corporate clients.

Prior to working in commercial 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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