Dr Lucy Bricheno
Dr Lucy Bricheno is an oceanographer based at NOC in Liverpool. She is experienced in hydrodynamic and wave modelling, particularly representing interface processes, and model coupling. In 2010 Lucy began working in the marine systems modelling group with Professor Judith Wolf, with a focus on developing coastal modelling capability.
Her main science interests are at the messy 'edges' between the atmosphere/ocean and ocean/coast, where the boundaries between disciplines break down. One of Lucy's goals is a joined-up momentum budget from the atmosphere to sea bed, with coupling processes properly resolved, rather than tuned and parametrised. A second is an equally seamless freshwater cycle, without the 'leaks' that occur at estuaries, and the sea surface. The UK's modelling capability is mature in its component parts, but needs work in linkages. Our world-leading coastal modelling also has great potential to be applied outside of the UK and Europe.
As a visiting researcher at the Polytechnic University Catalonia she was trained in the use of the Weather Forecasting and Research model (WRF), and coupled this to POLCOMS and WAM. Now, in collaboration with CEH and the UK Met Office she is involved with the UK Environmental Prediction project, to implement these coupling approaches in the community model system of NEMO-WaveWatch III and the Met Office (UM) Unified Model atmosphere.
As part of the Department for International Development (DFID) funded ESPA deltas project, Lucy designed and implemented the FVCOM model to investigate river salinities and water levels in Bangladesh. Again, the focus has been at the coast, and further inland - working at the very limit of what the Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model was designed to do.
Lucy Says: "I am interested in capacity building works that would apply NOC's modelling capability to simulate challenging coastal systems worldwide."
Science Focus on coastal ocean modelling, downscaling, and model coupling; Improved forecasting, flood risk, changing wave and surge climate, water security and salinisation.
Experienced with numerous models both structured and unstructured; atmosphere, ocean and spectral wave modelling; multi-core, linux, supercomputing; model development and implementation, pre- and post-processing;
ESPA Deltas: Ecosystem services for poverty alleviation.
This project will involve producing hydrodynamic modelling (using FVCOM) for Bangladesh, concentrating on the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta. The physical modelling will be combined with fisheries, river and land-use models.
Movie of hourly salinity:
Rises AM: Responses to coastal climate change: Innovative Strategies for high End Scenarios -Adaptation and Mitigation
Forecasting the future wave climate around Europe in collaboration with UPC and HZG. The FP7 EC commissioned Rises AM project was designed to assess coastal vulnerability to waves around North West Europe. For Rises I have generated a 223 year data set describing the global wave climate, and an equivalent downscaled European data set at very high resolution for future climate scenarios representing a range of high-end sea level rise projections. These outputs will inform coastal flood risk projections (following on from UKCP09), and help us understand the impacts of dynamical downscaling.
United Kingdom Environmental Prediction
Developing a high resolution (1km scale) coupled atmosphere-ocean-wave model for improved weather and coastal prediction around the UK. In collaboration with CEH and the UK Met Office. I am Work package lead for coupled wave-ocean-atmosphere component.
Aim to transfer the coupled POLCOMS WAM developments into the NEMO-WaveWatch III code that has been used operationally at the Met Office. UKEP is a prototype model that brings together existing atmosphere, marine (coastal ocean, wave, and biogeochemisty), hydrological and land surface modelling components to demonstrate the advantages of such coupled, interdisciplinary research.
National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF) Waves working group
A special interest group combining expertise on surface waves from around the UK
Coastal scale modelling, downscaling, air-sea interaction and model coupling. This project is concentrating on 4 field sites; Liverpool Bay; The Catalan Coast; The German Bight and Venice Lagoon.
Coupled modelling is important way to improve physics at interfaces between the ocean/atmosphere/land. As part of the European FP7 Field_AC project (2010-2012), I developed a coupled modelling system, resulting in a pre-operational modelling tool for shelf seas. Combining atmospheric, hydrodynamic, wave, hydrological, ecosystem, and sediment transport models.
Natural Sea Bed Disturbance
I developed the state-of-the-art POLCOMS-WAM model to inform CEFAS regarding seabed disturbance around the English Channel / Southern North Sea. This project produced a climatological wave and current data for the entire UK continental shelf from 1999-2008. The ten year hindcast reflects wave and surge climate, together with sea bed conditions, wave and current generated bottom disturbances. This 13km resolution data has recently been published through BODC, and is available for download here:
Additional responsibilities and committee membership
Member of the GODAE COSS (Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas) international Task Team (2015- present)
Scientific Computing Advisory Group member (2014-presen