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Richard Neale - Project Scientist

Curriculum Vitae

Career and Education

    2005 - Present: Project Scientist I, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA
    Liaison for the CCSM Atmosphere Model Working Group (AMWG)

    2002 - 2005: Research Scientist, NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA
    Principal project: Development of a novel convection scheme to better represent varying plume entrainment rates in numerical global climate models.

    1999 - 2002: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Global Atmospheric Modelling, University of Reading, U.K.
    Principal project: Tropical teleconnections in atmosphere-only and coupled versions of the Met Office Unified Model.

    1995-1999: Ph.D. Meteorology, University of Reading, U.K.
    A study of the tropical response in an idealised general circulation model
    Principal Supervisor: Prof. Brian Hoskins

    1992-1995: First Degree Meteorology, University of Reading, U.K.
    First Class with Honours

Scientific Interests

    My principal activities are working towards an understanding of the inadequate representation of the fundamental processes which restrict the ability of global climate models to accurately represent the current climate. Of particular interest is the role which errors in the diurnal cycle of convection over the maritime continent region play in leading to systematic errors in the mean climate of this region and, through teleconnections, over the whole globe.

    Additional work centres around an investigation into simplified versions of atmospheric GCMs and the variation between different models in their response to idealised SST forcing distributions.

Refereed Publications

    Neale, R. B. and J. M. Slingo, 2003: The Maritime Continent and its role in the global climate: A GCM study. J. Climate, 16, 834-848.

    Slingo, J. M., P. M. Inness, R. B. Neale, S. J. Woolnough, and G. -Y. Yang, 2003: Scale interactions on diurnal to seasonal timescales and their relevance to model systematic errors. Annales Geophysicae, 46(1), 139-144.

    Inness, P. M., J. M. Slingo, S. J. Woolnough, R. B. Neale, and V. D. Pope, 2001: Organization of tropical convection in a GCM with varying vertical resolution: Implications for the simulation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Climate Dynamics. 17, 777-793.

    Neale, R. B. and B. J. Hoskins, 2000a: A standard test for AGCMs including their physical parametrizations. I: The proposal. Atmos. Sci. Lett. 1, 101-107

    Neale, R. B. and B. J. Hoskins, 2000b: A standard test for AGCMs including their physical parametrizations. II: Results for The Met Office model. Atmos. Sci. Lett. 1, 108-114

    Hoskins, B. J., R. B. Neale, M. R. Rodwell, and G. -Y. Yang, 1999: Aspects of the large-scale tropical atmospheric circulation. Tellus, 51, 33-44.

Presentation Experience

    Invited to talk at the sixteenth session of the CSC/JSC Working Group on Numerical Experimentation in Melbourne, Australia, October 2000 - Awarded Royal Society conference grant to attend.

    Selected to give a presentation at the UK Royal Meteorological Society's 150th Anniversary Conference at St. John's college, Cambridge, U.K. July 2000.

    IUGG, IAMAS and EGS conference presentations from 1997-Present.

    Numerous internal presentations.

Positions of Responsibility

    Organiser of Departmental Lunchtime Seminars

    Chairman of the Research Funded Staff Committee
    Responsibility for communicating issues raised by contract research staff to the head of department and research coordinator in addition to the organisation of departmental research days.

    Qualified First Aider - valid until June 2004.

    Teaching assistant for undergraduate and M. Sc. meteorology courses.

Outside Interests

    Football, Basketball, Squash, Cycling, Walking
    Theatre and Cinema
    Organising Meditation Classes

    Professor Brian Mapes, Associate Professor, Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Division, RSMAS/MPO, University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149-1098 Telephone: (305) 421-4275, email:

    Professor Julia Slingo, Director, Centre for Global Atmospheric Modelling, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 243, Reading RG6 6BB Telephone: +44-(0)118-931-8424, email:

    Professor Brian Hoskins, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 243, Reading RG6 6BB Telephone:+44-(0)118-931-8953, email: