Prof John Marsham

Prof John Marsham


Dr John Marsham is Met Office Joint Chair at the University of Leeds leading the Leeds component of the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP). He is a member of Water@Leeds and NCAS. He leads a research group studying atmospheric convection, tropical meteorology, climate change and Saharan dust uplift. His focus is on taking process studies through to implications for and improvements in weather and climate models.

In 2009 he was awarded the Royal Meteorological Society's L F Richardson prize and in 2010 the European Meteorological Society's Young Scientist Award for his 'outstanding publications'.


  • Met Office Joint-Chair, leading the Leeds componnet of the Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Member of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)

Research interests

  • Atmospheric convection and precipitation
  • Climate change
  • Tropical meteorology, especially Africa
  • Weather prediction across time-scales
  • Mesoscale and boundary-layer dynamics
  • Dust uplift and transport
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Meteorology, University of Edinburgh (2003)
  • MPhys, Physics, 1st class honours, University of Edinburgh (1999)

Professional memberships

  • Royal Meteorological Society

Student education

My teaching focuses on meteorology, with an emphasis on fieldwork and data analysis, both collecting and intrepreting observations, but I also lecture on several courses and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

A full list of ongoing projects is available on my personal page.

PhD projects are advertised on the ICAS pages.

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>