Dr Andrew Ross

Dr Andrew Ross

Profile

I joined the School in October 2000 as a UWERN (later NCAS Weather) Research Fellow in 'Orographic flows'. Since 2005 I have been a Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Dynamical Meteorology in the School. I have broad research interests in boundary layer and mountain meteorology.

Before coming to Leeds I took an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. I then undertook his PhD with Paul Linden and Stuart Dalziel in the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in DAMTP. My thesis, entitled 'Gravity Currents on Slopes', looked at the effect of slope and wind on a gravity current.

Responsibilities

  • Director of Undergraduate Education
  • Co-director EPSRC CDT Fluid Mechanics

Research interests

My research interests are in boundary layer and mesoscale meteorology, particularly interactions between the atmosphere and orography (hills and mountains). Particular interests include boundary layer flows over hills, boundary layer - forest canopy interactions, convection over orography, cold air pooling and fog formation in valleys, gravity currents and cold pools and tropical cyclones. I am a lead member of the dynamics and clouds research group. I am also involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects, working with glaciologists on glacier - atmosphere interaction and with biologists on bird flight paths.

My research involves a mixture of field and lab experiments, theory and numerical modelling. In addition to working with other members of ICAS I collaborate with a number of external groups including colleagues at the Met Office, Forest Research, British Antarctic Survey, University of Swansea and CSIRO. I sit on the Met Office - Leeds research advisory panel.

I am currently an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and on the NERC peer review college. I am also acting co-director of the EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics.

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Qualifications

  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • MMath Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member of the American Meteorological Society

Student education

I am currently director of undergraduate education in the School of Earth and Environment.

I also teach on a range of meteorology modules including:

  • Atmosphere of Planet Earth
  • Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Research and Careers Skills
  • Dynamics of Weather Systems

I have previously also taught on a number of other courses including:

  • Environmental Science / Meteorology and Climate Science tutorials
  • Physics for Environmental Sciences
  • Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Atmospheric Science Field Skills (Arran field trip)
  • Practical Weather Forecasting

Current PhD students

  • Craig Poku
  • John Ashcroft (CDT Fluid dynamics)
  • Anne Barber
  • Anya Schlich-Davies
  • Claudio Bravo Lechuga (Geography)
  • Megan Bickle (CDT Fluid dynamics)
  • Daniel Ward (CDT Fluid dynamics)
  • Will Torgerson
  • Emmanouil Lempidakis (Swansea Univ)

Former staff / students

  • Helen Wells (Met Office)
  • Victoria Smith (NCAS / Leeds)
  • Zhihua Xie (Imperial)
  • Rosey Grant (BAS)
  • Bradley Jemmett-Smith
  • Alex Roberts (Leeds)
  • Stephanie Fiedler (Max-Planck Institute, Hamburg)
  • Beth Good
  • John Hughes
  • Jonathan Pennells
  • Jenny Turton (Friedrich-Alexander Universitat, Erlangen-Nurnberg)

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Current postgraduate research students

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