Dr Chris Dearden


I began my career in atmospheric science when I joined the Met Office Hadley Centre in 2003 as a member of the Climate Model Development and Evaluation group. I worked on a number of numerical modelling projects and served as Configuration Manager for the HadGEM2 project. During this time I also studied for an MSc in Weather, Climate and Modelling at the University of Reading, which I completed in 2006.

In 2007, I left the Met Office to undertake a PhD in cloud microphysics at the University of Manchester, involving the use of a variety of cloud process models and regional weather models, including the Weather Research and Forecasting Model.

Following my PhD, I remained at Manchester as a postdoctoral researcher on the NERC-funded DIAMET project. In 2014 I became a Research Fellow and worked on two EU funded projects (BACCHUS and DACCIWA), involving the use of PolarWRF and the Met Office-NERC-Cloud model respectively.

In January 2018, I joined CEMAC as a Software Development Scientist. I am currently working with the Met Office Unified Model on a range of technical projects, including optimisation of the UKCA module.

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  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester
  • MSc Weather, Climate and Modelling, University of Reading
  • MPHYS Physics with Cosmology, Lancaster University

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science