I am a research scientist in the Earth System Physics section of ICTP and (subject to pending UNESCO approval) Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences (Walker Institute) at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
My research interests focus on cloud and convection dynamics and physics, and their representation in weather forecast and climate models.
In addition I examine how tropical weather and climate is represented and predicted in these models, especially at seasonal timescales. A key question is how weather prediction and climate models can be better applied in developing countries, particularly concentrating on their use for health impacts. Some of this work has been carried in the framework of two EUFP7 projects on climate and health, namely QWeCI and HEALTHY FUTURES.
I presently serve as a member on the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction (WGSIP). I have also been recently elected to the scientific advisory committee (SAC) of the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
2007-present: Research Scientist ICTP, Italy
2000-2007: Research Scientist ECMWF, UK
1997-2000: Marie Curie Fellow MPI Meteorology, Germany
1994-1997: PhD and NERC Fellow, Reading University, UK
1991-1994: Research analyst, Whitehall, UK government
1988-1991: BSC hons Pure Mathematics, Warwick University