Tim Woollings

Tim Woollings

Department of Physics

Research Interests

Weather and climate variability in the extratropics is dominated by variations in the atmospheric jet streams and associated storm tracks. In the UK, for example, jet stream variability has recently had wide ranging impacts from extreme cold (winter 2009/10) to serial storm damage (winter 2013/14) and frequent summer heatwaves. There is potential for studentships on a wide range of related topics, encompassing fundamental understanding of the atmospheric dynamics, working to improve predictions of jet behaviour from seasons to decades, and investigating how features such as the jets are responding to climate change. A project would likely include a mix of theoretical considerations, analysis of observational data and performing experiments with simple and/or complex climate models. I often work collaboratively with others, for example scientists at the UK Met Office as the Oxford Joint Chair of the Met Office Academic Partnership.

This supervisor is currently accepting D.Phil students.

Associated Research Streams

jet streams, storm tracks, natural variability, climate change, computer models

Tim Woollings Tracks of individual storms during two very different periods, both featuring atmospheric blocking and jet stream shifts. 

Contact information

  • Email: woollings@atm.ox.ac.uk
  • Telephone: None available
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  • Address:
    Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics
    Clarendon Laboratory
    Parks Road
    OX1 3PU