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  • Third in the UK

    By research power for Earth Systems and Environmental Science (REF, 2014)

Our research

The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading is leading the way in understanding and tackling the world's environmental challenges.

Our pioneering research informs how governments, organisations, industries and communities respond to complex issues such as climate change, ozone depletion, atmospheric pollution and space weather.

World-leading research

We are ranked second in the world for research in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, according to the Center for World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we ranked 3rd in the UK by research power in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. 100% of our research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent for research impact.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published the results of its REF 2014 on 18 December 2014. The REF is the method for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions approximately every six years.

For more information on the University's results, please see: Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Our Research divisions and groups

Our three Research Divisions are WeatherClimate and Earth Observation and Space.

Operating within and across these three Research Divisions are our Research Groups, whose activities may be part of any (or all) of the Research Divisions.


Visit CenTAUR, the University of Reading's Central Archive, for a full list of the Department's publications.

A hub of meteorological research and expertise

Our campus is home to several independent meteorological units, including the UK forecasting office of Metraweather, the commercial arm of the New Zealand Met Service, the Space Internship Network, a team from the UK Met Office and the Institute for Environmental Analytics.

Meteorology at Reading is recognised for its pioneering research on weatherclimate and earth observation. The status of our dynamic and productive research environment is reflected in the long-standing presence of staff from the UK Met Office, and major elements of the NERC funded National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). Our Department is a major part of the University's Walker Institute for Climate System Research. We also work closely with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) located close to the University.

Visitor programme

The Visitor Programme aims to enhance the research capabilities of the Department of Meteorology by supporting visits that:

  • strengthen existing, or develop new, collaborative links at the national and international level
  • broaden the research interests of the Department through the provision of high quality visiting research lecturers

We welcome visitors from all over the world at a variety of levels including, but not limited to:

  • Postgraduate students
  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • Academic visitors
  • Distinguished researchers
  • Visitors on sabbatical

​Join our community

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about working or collaborating with us on research.

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