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Dr Stephen Thomson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 723612

Extension: (Streatham) 3612

I arrived in Exeter in August 2015 as an associate research fellow on the EuroClim project. I am working with Geoff Vallis and others looking at simplified dynamical models of the Earth, with the aim of understanding the mechanisms influencing weather over Europe on seasonal timescales.

Other research interests
  • Jupiter: during my PhD I used a quasigeostrophic 1-1/2 layer model to study the dynamics of Jupiter's weather-layer jets, including the deep jets implied by Dowling & Ingersoll 1989. Our focus was the interaction of the weather-layer jets with a new forcing based on the effects of moist convection. Our results show the potential importance to Jupiter of anticyclones migrating from the cyclonic belts to the anticyclonic zones, as well as the quasifrictional effects of injecting strong anticyclones preferentially into the belts. The paper describing this work has been published in JAS, and can be found here. The PDF of my thesis can be found here.
  • Mars: working with Martian reanalysis data, I studied the interaction of large-scale dust storms with Mars' polar vortices, and looked for analogues of stratospheric sudden warmings. A paper discussing the results of this and further analysis by Dann Mitchell is available here.
  • Exoplanets: during my time in Exeter I am hoping to pursue my interest in simple dynamical models of exoplanets.

You can also find me on Twitter, ResearchGate, and GitHub.