Dr Lucy Bricheno

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Marine Systems Modelling
+44 (0)151 795 4958



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;

NOC is affiliated to the Institute of Sustainable Coasts and Oceans