Dr Richard Keane

Dr Richard Keane


  • 2005-2007 UK Government Scientist.
  • 2007-2010 Postdoc in Meteorology, University of Reading
  • 2010-2013 Postdoc in Meteorology, LMU Muenchen.
  • 2013-2016 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Deutscher Wetterdienst (Vorhersagbarkeit und Verifikation).
  • 2016- Senior Scientist, UK Met Office (Model evaluation and diagnostics). Based in ICAS, Leeds.


Jackson, L.S., R.J. Keane, D.L. Finney, J.H. Marsham, D.J. Parker, C.A. Senior & R.A. Stratton (2019). Regional Differences in the Response of Rainfall to Convectively Coupled Kelvin Waves over Tropical Africa. J. Climate, 32, 8143–8165. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0014.1

C.M. Wainwright, J. H. Marsham, R. J. Keane, D. P. Rowell, D. L. Finney, E. Black & R. P. Allan (2019). ‘Eastern African Paradox’ rainfall decline due to shorter not less intense Long Rains. npj Clim Atmos Sci 2, 34. DOI:10.1038/s41612-019-0091-7

R. J. Keane, K. D. Williams, A. J. Stirling, G. M. Martin, C. E. Birch & D. J. Parker (2019). Fast biases in monsoon rainfall over southern and central India in the Met Office Unified Model, JCli. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0650.1

D. L. Finney, J. H. Marsham, L.S. Jackson, E. J. Kendon, D. P. Rowell, P. M. Boorman, R. J. Keane, R. A. Stratton & C. A. Senior (2019). Implications of improved representation of convection for the East Africa water budget using a convection-permitting model, JCli. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0387.1

R. J. Keane, R. S. Plant & W. J. Tennant (2016). Evaluation of the Plant-Craig stochastic convection scheme (v2.0) in the ensemble forecasting system MOGREPS-R (24 km) based on the Unified Model (v7.3), GMD. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-9-1921-2016

R. J. Keane, G. C. Craig, G. Zängl & C. Keil (2014). The Plant-Craig stochastic convection scheme in ICON and its scale-adaptivity, JAS. DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-13-0331.1.

R. J. Keane, P. L. Read & G. P. King (2014). On the stirring properties of the thermally-driven rotating annulus, Physica D. DOI: 10.1016/j.physd.2013.11.004.

L. Davies, C. Jakob, K. Cheung, A. Del Genio, A. Hill, T. Hume, R. J. Keane, T. Komori, V. E. Larson, Y. Lin, X. Liu, B. J. Nielsen, J. Petch, R. S. Plant, M. S. Singh, X. Shi, X. Song, W. Wang, M. A. Whitall, A. Wolf, S. Xie & G. Zhang (2013). A single-column model ensemble approach applied to the TWP-ICE experiment, JGR-A. DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50450.

R. J. Keane & R. S. Plant (2012). Large-scale length and time-scales for use with stochastic convective parametrization, QJRMetS. DOI: 10.1002/qj.992.

R. J. Keane, P. L. Read & G. P. King (2010). Effectiveness of stirring measures in an axisymmetric rotating annulus flow, Physica D. DOI: 10.1016/j.physd.2010.01.023.

Research interests

  • Atmospheric convection
  • Indian Monsoon
  • Probabilistic NWP and forecast verification
  • Stochastic parameterisation of convection
  • Global model evaluation
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  • MPhys, Physics, University of Oxford
  • DPhil, Physics (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics), University of Oxford

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Research groups and institutes

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