Dr Chris Wilson
I am interested in observing, modelling and predicting the climate system and the dynamical processes that control climate.
My expertise is in ocean mesoscale dynamics (a strongly nonlinear part of the climate system, with characteristic scales typically of ~ 10 km, ~ 1 week), sea level variability, flow instability and dynamical adjustment processes.
Satellite image of mesoscale eddies in the atmosphere (white clouds) and ocean (colour), near Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada (courtesy SeaWIFS, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre, and ORBIMAGE)
>> there are striking similarities between the physics of the atmosphere and ocean
I have expertise in developing intermediate-complexity coupled ocean/atmosphere models, which I have applied to address fundamental questions of climate and its predictability. I have also transferred theory from the atmospheric dynamics community and applied it to the ocean, for example involving a dynamical theory on barriers to fluid transport and mixing, known as the “potential vorticity staircase”.
My research on storm surges and extreme events has contributed to the development of the UK’s operational storm surge forecast modelling system and I was recognised in the NERC Impact Awards 2015 with a runner-up award for Societal Impact.
I have been PI or Co-I on Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grants of over £2.4 million (as of August 2016), including the international consortium, Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme (OSNAP), in which I lead an inverse modelling component.
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Computer model simulation of the ocean "Potential Vorticity Staircase", relevant to the dynamics of Jupiter, Earth's atmospheric ozone hole, and the Southern Ocean
Postdoc collaborator on OSNAP project
Robert Fraser (D.Phil. student), co-supervised with Laure Zanna, University of Oxford
Science Museum (Mathematics Gallery, Opening 8 December 2016)
Natural History Museum (28 September 2012)
Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (14 May 2010)
MODIS satellite image of mesoscale and sub-mesoscale structures in sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (courtesy NASA)
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool 2006- present