Eswyn Chen

Eswyn Chen

Profile

I am a first-year PhD student at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) working on the representation of North Atlantic weather systems in high-resolution climate models. I work with the UK Met Office, Imperial College London, and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a CASE-funded project, in which I investigate the role of mesoscale sea-air interactions within the transatlantic climate system and whether correctly capturing these processes produces more robust future climate projections for Europe. Currently, I am working with the Met Office Hadley Centre on the representation of extratropical cyclones in high-resolution simulations and how their characteristics differ between models.

During the latter part of my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, I studied the statistical relationship between Arctic sea surface temperature and the evolution of the North Atlantic summer jet stream using a bespoke programme to locate the jet and track its changes over the satellite era. I remain highly interested in the atmospheric circulation variability in the mid-latitudes and how it relates to extreme weather events such as heat waves.

I also have experience in scientific communication and editing. I worked as the Physical Geography Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of Cambridge’s own in-house geographical journal magazine, Compass, during my entire time there. My role was to source and edit submissions for the Physical Geography section of the magazine, write my own entries, and oversee the production of the magazine as well as its outreach campaigns. I hope to be able to carry on with similar work over the coming years alongside my PhD if opportunities arise.

Research interests

  • Atmospheric and climate dynamics
  • Synoptic climatology
  • North Atlantic climate variability
  • High-resolution climate modelling
  • Extratropical cyclones
  • Jet stream anomalies
  • Arctic amplification
  • Extreme weather
  • Heat waves

Qualifications

  • BA (Cantab.) Geography, University of Cambridge, 2021

Research groups and institutes

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