Professor Simon Vosper

Professor Simon Vosper


Simon is a visiting professor at the School of Earth and Environment and Director of Meteorological Science at the UK Met Office.

Simon completed a PhD on the behaviour of orographic internal gravity waves at the Department of Applied Mathematical Studies, University of Leeds in 1995. Following this he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on a number of projects at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and at the University of Surrey. His experience includes participation in and coordination of field measurement programmes, fluid dynamical laboratory experiments and numerical modelling. 

Simon joined the Met Office in 2001 but maintains strong links with the  University of Leeds. At the Met Office he is the Director of Meteorological Science, working closely with the Chief Scientist on science strategy and its implementation. Additionally he has specific responsibilities for leading the Foundation science directorate, which consists of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations, Dynamics Research, Global Model Development, Observation Based Research and Science Partnerships. Together these areas provide the science and model developments which underpin the Met Office contribution to the UK's national capability in  weather and climate prediction.

Research interests

  • Orographic flows
  • Internal gravity waves
  • Lee-wave rotors
  • Boundary-layer meteorology
  • Weather and Climate model development
  • Parametrization development
  • Numerical modelling
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Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science