Dr Ralph Burton

Dr Ralph Burton


Ralph Burton works in the Atmospheric Physics directorate of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), having previously worked in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS). He has worked on a number of different projects, and has undertaken Fieldwork in Arran (U.K.), the Falkland Islands, West Africa, Eastern Alps (Switzerland), Sierra Nevada (U.S.A.), South Georgia, and Iceland.

Research interests

  • Meteorology of West Africa;
  • Orographic flow, including severe wind storms and 'rotors';
  • Convection;
  • Numerical weather prediction models;
  • The effect of wind farms upon local climate;
  • The effects of oil-palm plantations upon local climate;
  • Numerical modelling of volcani plumes;
  • Atmospheric dispersion, including dispersion of dense gas;
  • Weather climate change Ippact Study at Extreme Resolution;
  • Calculating emissions from offshore oil and gas platforms.
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  • BSc Hons Mathematics
  • PhD Mathematics

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Research groups and institutes

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