Beth Woodhams

Beth Woodhams


I graduated from Imperial College London in summer 2015 with a first class integrated masters in Physics. My master’s dissertation was on the idealised modelling of hurricanes and was supervised by Dr Arnaud Czaja. During my undergraduate degree, I also undertook several summer placements. In 2013, I was awarded a NERC-funded research experience placement at the University of Reading. Under the supervision of Dr Remi Tailleux, I worked on a novel algorithm to compute Generalised Convective Available Potential Energy (GCAPE). In 2014, I was a summer student at the UK Met Office, where I worked with Dr Huw Lewis on part of the UK Environmental Prediction project. I developed a ‘toolkit’ of metrics to describe the characteristics and accuracy of river outflow models and also investigated the effect of rivers on SSTs around the UK coast by driving the NEMO ocean model with different river inputs. I am now studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds, for which I am investigating severe weather over East Africa, supervised by Dr Cathryn Birch and Dr John Marsham. In addition, I am the recipient of a CASE award from the Met Office, where I am supervised by Dr Caroline Bain.

Research interests

PhD Project

My PhD project aims to better understand the occurrence of severe weather over East Africa, in particular extreme rainfall and wind events. 

Convection-permitting model verification

  • Performing verification of a convection-permitting operational forecast model currently run by the UK Met Office for East Africa
  • Results published here

Dynamics of storms over the Lake Victoria Basin

  • Using very high-resolution convection-permitting modelling to simulate case studies of storms over Lake Victoria
  • Analysing case studies to better understand the initiation, structure and propagation of the storms


  • Working with Dr Cathryn Birch to develop a second year undergraduate Python module for environmental scientists


  • MSci in Physics - Imperial College London (2015)

Research groups and institutes

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