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Jack Giddings

Jack GiddingsEmail: J.Giddings@uea.ac.uk

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My academic background has been notably specialised in the field of Meteorology. I spent four years completing a degree in MMet Meteorology and Climate at the University of Reading, with a year in Oklahoma. The Department of Meteorology was a perfect environment for studying the mathematical and physical processes of the atmosphere. As a student I worked as an Intern for the EPSRC, testing the structural uncertainties of the Numerical Atmospheric-Dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) and the impact of volcanic ash plume dispersion on the aviation industry based on the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption.  This was followed by my undergraduate dissertation investigating tropospheric ozone concentration trends and it’s response to pollution control measures implemented by developed nations. Employed by Randstad as a student support worker, I attended lectures taking notes for a hearing impaired student; it was by far the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have taken on. Just before commencing my PhD, I was an intern at Weatherquest investigating the applications of weather radar as a tool for quantifying rainfall totals in the Severn-Trent Water region, a perfect opportunity to gain access into the world of professional forecasting.

PhD title: Ocean processes triggering monsoon rainfall
The South Asian Monsoon is one of the most important climatic systems on Earth, providing 80% of the rainfall for the sub-Indian continent, important for agricultural industries that drive economic development in this region. The shifting of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) to the area of maximum solar heating and the differential heating between the land and ocean results in the northward flow of equatorial winds across the Indian Ocean. As these winds flow over the surface of the ocean, moisture and heat fluxes pass into the boundary layer of the atmosphere, allowing for the gradual development of deep convection. Phytoplankton blooms are thought to play a role in modifying the sea surface temperatures by absorbing solar radiation, thus changing the amount and spatial distribution of surface fluxes and ultimately monsoon rainfall patterns. However, it is not known if this process drives monsoon rainfall variability particularly in the Bay of Bengal. During summer 2016 a month long fieldwork campaign was launched called the Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment (BoBBLE) specialising in measuring both surface ocean processes and tropospheric weather conditions to understand key air-sea interactions that drive the monsoon. Data will be available to investigate the modification of SST’s by extinction of solar radiation and the resultant impacts on rainfall amounts and rainfall spatial variability. Applying the results to the UK Met Office’s Climate Model will allow for further climatological importance of air-sea interactions that drive the South Asian Monsoon.

Conferences

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) at Henley Business School at the University of Reading: presented a poster of my research during my internship at Reading looking into the structural uncertainties in the Met Office’s NAME model in volcanic ash plume dispersion.
  • Challenger Society Conference 2016 as a visiting non-member.

Research group
BoBBLE research group: Supervisors include Prof Karen Heywood, Prof Adrian Matthews and Dr Manoj Joshi.

Other activities
Volunteered for a free student-led organisation called Reading Uni Weather, I would present weekly weather forecasts broadcast over various platforms of social media, write weather columns for the University paper and broadcast weather bulletins for Junction 11 radio in my free time.