Joshua Hampton

Joshua Hampton


Joshua is a postgraduate researcher in his final year at the University of Leeds. Under the supervision of Dr Ryan Neely III, Prof. Alan Blyth, and Dr David Dufton, Joshua is working with the NCAS mobile X-band radar to study winter weather, improving our understanding of the microphysical processes taking place. This work has focused on the measurement and estimation of Specific Differential Radar, a derived radar variable which infers information about shape and concentration of hydrometeors, and can be used in rainfall estimation, retrievals of ice water content, and hydrometeor classification algorithms.

Prior to moving to Leeds, Joshua studied for four years at the University of Reading, UK, graduating in 2017 with a masters degree in Meteorolgy and Climate. During this he spent a year studying at the Univeristy of Oklahoma, where he learnt about the more extreme weather Oklahoma and the Great Plains are known for, as well as his first adventure into radar meteorolgy, amongst other areas. As such, Joshua has a broad meteorolgical knowledge covering a wide range of systems and climates.

While at Leeds, Joshua has undertaken a number of demonstrating roles, helping teach meteorology to undergraduates in all years of their degree, which has included problem sheet classes, computer work, and field work classes. For two years Joshua was also one of the PhD reps for ICAS, which involves helping new PhD students to settle in at Leeds, help arrange PhD transfer talks and ICAS external seminars, and raise PhD-related issues during ICAS staff meetings.

Conference Presentations

10th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology

An X-Band Study of KDP and Rainfall over Southern England during Winter 2018 – Poster

Leeds-York NERC DTP Conference 2019

The Problem with Snowflakes… – Poster

39th International Conference on Radar Meteorology

X-band Radar Observations of the Angular Dependence of Specific Differential Phase Above the Bright Band – Poster

American Meteorological Society 100th Annual Meeting

X-band Radar Observations of the Angular Dependence of Specific Differential Phase Above the Bright Band – Presentation

Websites and Social Media



Daily WRF forecasts



  • MMet, Meteorology and Climate, University of Reading

Research groups and institutes

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