Peter Watson

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Peter Watson


The main focus of my work is understanding the role of atmospheric dynamics in climate change, particularly with regard to extreme weather events, evaluating climate models' performance at simulating extreme events and developing the models used for studying them. I work in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) sub-department in the Atmospheric Dynamics group, and also with Weather@Home based in the Geography department. I work principally with Prof Myles Allen and Prof Tim Woollings.

I am also a member of the senior common room and former Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College.

I previously worked with Prof Tim Palmer on large-scale dynamics, extreme weather and developing stochastic parameterisations in climate models. I carried out my DPhil studies in AOPP as well, researching variability of the Northern Hemisphere winter stratospheric polar vortex, in particular the mechanism by which the vortex strength is affected by the quasi-biennial oscillation in the tropical stratosphere. I was supervised principally by Prof Lesley Gray.

I am also very interested in improving the ways that science is done and our working environment - see for example one of my presentations on mental health in academia.