Dr Neil Hart
Mesoscale and Dynamical Meteorology, Climate variability and Change

Neil

I'm an atmospheric science researcher with particular interest in problems where mesoscale and/or synoptic-scale dynamics are inextricably linked with the larger-scale climate processes that give rise to variability and change. My work aims to improve our understanding of the seasonal climate of extreme weather events and to contribute to better understanding of the predictability, both potential and practical, of such events. This work has included contributions to key drivers of the southern African hydroclimate and the extreme wind risk of the North Atlantic and Europe.

Since the end of 2015 I have been based in Oxford working with Richard Washington and colleagues in the African Climate Research group with the goal of deepening our understanding of the meteorology and climate over central and southern Africa and how this might change. The work is funded under the Future Climate for Africa project, UMFULA.

From 2012-2015, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. I was working on "Sting Jet Windstorms in Current and Future Climates" together with Suzanne Gray and Peter Clark in the Mesoscale Group. I remain involved in this research with a focus on the predictability of sting jet formation within extratropical cyclones and how this relates to climatological risk of wind storms, both present and future.

In 2012, I completed a PhD on tropical-extratropical cloud bands over southern Africa with some focus on their dynamics and much focus on their interannual variability and importance for rainfall. This work was carried out in the Dept. of Oceanography, University of Cape Town.