Dr Jennifer Fletcher

Dr Jennifer Fletcher




Research interests

My overarching interest is in cumulus convection and its interaction with the boundary layer and the large scale. I have previously published on Indian monsoon dynamics, monsoon depressions, the parametrisation of shallow and deep convetion, the dynamics and representation of stratocumulus-topped boundary layers, and on the meteorology, climatology, and clouds of marine cold air outbreaks in both hemispheres, with implications for climate sensitivity.

In May-July 2016 I participated in an aircraft-based field campaign as part of the INCOMPASS project. With collaborators at Leeds, the Met Office and University of Reading, I analysed aircraft and ground-based data to better understand Indian monsoon dynamics. In particular I am interested in interactions between convective and large scale dynamics and how those interactions affect the spatial distribution and intraseasonal variability of rainfall in India. I am also interested in Indian monsoon depressions.

In October 2018 I began a new post as Senior Research Scientist with the GCRF African SWIFT project, where I am using satellite data to better understand the dynamics of convection over Africa. I am also contributing to efforts to improve satellite-based nowcasting tools.

I lead the scientific planning of the African SWIFT Testbed for synoptic forecasting and nowcasting.

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  • 2013 PhD Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, USA
  • 2006 BS Physics University of Washington, USA

Student education

I have co-supervised several undergraduates and masters students on their dissertations/masters theses. I also teach at the annual Leeds/Reading field course on the Isle of Arran.

Research groups and institutes

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