Dr Cathryn Birch

Dr Cathryn Birch


Cathryn is an Associate Professor in Meteorology and Climate, who brings expertise to SEE in process study within dynamical meteorology and high-resolution modelling of weather and climate. Cathryn works to better understand the drivers of convection and high impact weather on a range of timescales. She works closely with the Met Office to improve weather forecasts and climate projections. More recently, she has worked with scientists from other fields to advance research in climate impacts related to health, agriculture and flooding.

Prior to this Cathryn worked for the Met Office but based within ICAS, where she worked on using convection-permitting model simulations to better understand tropical convection and the water cycle in West Africa, Australia and South-East Asia. Cathryn has also worked as a Research Fellow in ICAS, studying the dynamics and water cycle of the West African Monsoon and diagnosing the reasons for biases in atmospheric models. Cathryn's PhD was on the Arctic boundary layer and involved a significant amount of data collection through field work, which she then used to evaluate and improve atmospheric models.

Research interests

Current projects include:

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  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds
  • BSc, Environmental Science, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Panel member of WCRP GEWEX/CLIVAR Monsoons Panel
  • Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Student education

  • Computer programming in Python
  • Atmospheric Science fieldwork
  • Meteorology and climate science modules

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics
  • water@leeds
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Current postgraduate researchers

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