Neil Lewis

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Neil Lewis

Graduate Student

I'm a first year DPhil student supervised by Professor Peter Read. The theme that underpins all of my present research is understanding the large-scale dynamics of terrestrial planetary atmospheres. I have a general interest in the full range of topics falling under the umbrella of 'Geophysical Fluid Dynamics'.

The aim of my DPhil project is to develop a better understanding of superrotation in terrestrial atmospheres. Superrotation is a phenomenon where the atmosphere has a specific axial angular momentum greater than that of the underlying planet at the equator. It is observed in the atmospheres of Venus and Titan, and is predicted to arise in the atmospheres of tidally-locked extrasolar planets. For more information, see my Research page.

Prior to arriving Oxford, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter, where I was awarded first class honours in Mathematics. My masters project investigated the climate and atmospheric dynamics of terrestrial planets on elliptical orbits.

Whilst in Exeter I was fortunate enough to engage in multiple summer research projects, first under the supervision of Drs Hugo Lambert, Nathan Mayne and Ian Boutle (Met Office), and later under Prof. Geoff Vallis. This research focussed on studying the climates and atmospheres of 'Earth-like' terrestrial planets. Additionally during this period I contributed towards the development of an idealised convection scheme, LLCS (The Lambert-Lewis Convection Scheme!), designed to be used with the Met Office Unified Model (UM) for studying Earth-like exoplanetary atmospheres.

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I study superrotation in terrestrial atmospheres.