School of Earth and Environment

Christopher Collier Prof Christopher Collier

Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science

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Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


  • Blyth AM; Bennett LJ; Collier CG (2015) High-resolution observations of precipitation from cumulonimbus clouds, Meteorological Applications, 22, pp.75-89. doi: 10.1002/met.1492
  • CarraƧa MGD; Collier CG (2013) Geo-referenced databases for roughness parameters in urban areas: An application to Greater Manchester, Meteorological Applications, 20, pp.385-393. doi: 10.1002/met.1293
  • Black JV; Collier CG; Powell JD; Mason RG; Hawnt RJE (2012) Real-time adjustment of radar data for water management systems using a PDF technique: The city rainnet project, IAHS-AISH Publication, 351, pp.213-218.
  • Collier CG (2011) The role of micro-climates in urban regeneration planning, P I CIVIL ENG-MUNIC, 164, pp.73-82. doi: 10.1680/muen.2011.164.2.73
  • Collier CG; Davies F; Pearson GN (2010) The land below the wind: Doppler LiDAR observations from the tropical rain forest of Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, WEATHER, 65, pp.45-50. doi: 10.1002/wea.429
  • Pearson G; Davies F; Collier CG (2010) Remote sensing of the tropical rain forest boundary layer using pulsed Doppler lidar, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, pp.1-11. doi: 10.5194/acp-10-1-2010
  • Collier CG; Morris DG; Jones DA (2010) Assessment of the return period of near-PMP point and catchment rainfall for England and Wales, Meteorological Applications, . doi: 10.1002/met.191
  • Rihan FA; Collier CG (2010) A basis for improving numerical forecasting in the Gulf area by assimilating Doppler radar radial winds, International Journal of Geosciences, 1, pp.70-78. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2010
  • Collier CG (2009) On quality indicators for radar-based river flow forecasts, P I CIVIL ENG-WAT M, 162, pp.115-123. doi: 10.1680/wama.2009.162.2.115
  • Collier CG (2009) On the propagation of uncertainty in weather radar estimates of rainfall through hydrological models, METEOROL APPL, 16, pp.35-40. doi: 10.1002/met.120
  • Collier CG (2009) On the propagationof uncertainty in weather radar estimates of rainfall through hydrological models, Meteorological Applications, 16, pp.35-40. doi: 10.1002/met.120
  • Collier CG (2009) On quality indicators for radar-based river flow forecasts, Water Management, 162, pp.115-123.
  • Collier CG; Davies F (2009) Representing energy drain in numerical weather prediction models induced by boundary layer sub-grid scale processes, Atospheric Science Letters, . doi: 10.1002/asl.222
  • Davis JC; Collier CG; Davies F; Pearson GN (2009) Doppler lidar observations of sensible heat flux and intercomparisons with a ground-based energy balance station and WRF model output, Meterologische Zeitschrift, 18, pp.153-160.
  • Pearson G; Davies F; Collier C (2009) An Analysis of the Performance of the UFAM Pulsed Doppler Lidar for Observing the Boundary Layer, Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Technology, 26, pp.240-250. doi: 10.1175/2008JTECHA1128.1
  • Rihan FA; Collier CG; Ballard SP; Swarbrick SJ (2008) Assimilation of Doppler radial winds into a 3D-Var system: Errors and impact of radial velocities on the variational analysis and model forecasts, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 134, pp.1701-1716. doi: 10.1002/qj.326
  • Davis JC; Collier CG; Davies F; Lozier KE (2008) Spatial variations of sensible heat flux over an urban area measured using Doppler lidar, METEOROL APPL, 15, pp.367-380. doi: 10.1002/met.79
  • Collier CG; Robbins GL (2008) Using stochastic state-space modelling to specify and reduce hydrograph error, HYDROL PROCESS, 22, pp.1173-1179. doi: 10.1002/hyp.6685
  • Browning KA; Blyth AM; Clark PA; Corsmeier U; Morcrette CJ; Agnew JL; Ballard SP; Bamber D; Barthlott C; Bennett LJ; Beswick KM; Bitter M; Bozier KE; Brooks BJ; Collier CG; Davies F; Deny B; Dixon MA; Feuerle T; Forbes RM; Gaffard C; Gray MD; Hankers R; Hewison TJ; Kalthoff N; Khodayar S; Kohler M; Kottmeier C; Kraut S; Kunz M; Ladd DN; Lean HW; Lenfant J; Li Z; Marsham J; Mcgregor J; Mobbs SD; Nicol J; Norton E; Parker DJ; Perry F; Ramatschi M; Ricketts HMA; Roberts NM; Russell A; Schulz H; Slack EC; Vaughan G; Waight J; Wareing DP; Watson RJ; Webb AR; Wieser A (2007) The Convective Storm Initiation Project, B AM METEOROL SOC, 88, pp.1939-+. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-88-12-1939
  • Barkwith AKAP; Bozier KE; Collier CG (2007) Impact of surface heterogeneity in urban and rural areas on the atmospheric boundary layer using doppler lidar, 87th AMS Annual Meeting, .
  • Bozier KE; Pearson GN; Collier CG (2007) Evaluation of a new autonomous doppler lidar system during the Helsinki international testbed field campaign, 87th AMS Annual Meeting, .
  • Carraca MGD; Collier CG (2007) Modelling the impact of high-rise buildings in urban areas on precipitation initiation, METEOROL APPL, 14, pp.149-161. doi: 10.1002/met.15
  • Collier CG (2007) Flash flood forecasting: What are the limits of predictability?, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 133, pp.3-23. doi: 10.1002/qj.29
  • Collier CG (2006) The impact of urban areas on weather, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 132, pp.1-25. doi: 10.1256/qj.05.199
  • Rihan FA; Collier CG; Ballard SP (2005) Impact of assimilation of Dopplar radial velocity on a variational system and on its forecasts, 11th Conference on Mesoscale Processes and the 32nd Conference on Radar Meteorology, pp.1-13.
  • Collier CG; Davies F; Bozier KE; Holt AR; Middleton DR; Pearson GN; Siemen S; Willetts DV; Upton GJG; Young RI (2005) Dual-Doppler lidar measurements for improving dispersion models, B AM METEOROL SOC, 86, pp.825-+. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-86-6-825
  • Rihan FA; Collier CG; Roulstone I (2005) Four-dimensional variational data assimilation for Doppler radar wind data, J COMPUT APPL MATH, 176, pp.15-34. doi: 10.1016/
  • Michelson DB; Jones CG; Landelius T; Collier CG; Haase G; Heen M (2005) 'Down-to-Earth' modelling of equivalent surface precipitation using multisource data and radar, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 131, pp.1093-1112. doi: 10.1256/qj.03.203
  • Robbins GL; Collier CG (2005) Assessing error in hydrological and hydraulic model output flows, ATMOS SCI LETT, 6, pp.47-53. doi: 10.1002/asl.90
  • Michelson DB; Landelius T; Jones CG; Collier CG (2004) Attempts to parameterize cloud water profiles using a neural network, ATMOS SCI LETT, 5, pp.141-145. doi: 10.1002/asl.76
  • Davies F; Collier CG; Pearson GN; Bozier KE (2004) Doppler lidar measurements of turbulent structure function over an urban area, J ATMOS OCEAN TECH, 21, pp.753-761.
  • Hand WH; Fox NI; Collier CG (2004) A study of twentieth-century extreme rainfall events in the United Kingdom with implications for forecasting, METEOROL APPL, 11, pp.15-31. doi: 10.1017/S1350482703001117
  • Krzysztofowicz R; Collier CG (2004) Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting II, J HYDROL, 288, pp.1-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2003.11.007
  • Pierce CE; Ebert E; Seed AW; Sleigh M; Collier CG; Fox NI; Donaldson N; Wilson JW; Roberts R; Mueller CK (2004) The nowcasting of precipitation during Sydney 2000: An appraisal of the QPF algorithms, WEATHER FORECAST, 19, pp.7-21.
  • Fox NI; Webb R; Bally J; Sleigh MW; Pierce CE; Sills DML; Joe PI; Wilson J; Collier CG (2004) The impact of advanced nowcasting systems on severe weather warning during the Sydney 2000 Forecast Demonstration Project: 3 November 2000, WEATHER FORECAST, 19, pp.97-114.
  • Sleigh MW; Collier CG (2004) An investigation of the tipping term as a prognostic tool in short-range thunderstorm forecasting, ATMOS RES, 69, pp.185-198. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2003.09.003
  • Davies F; Collier CG; Bozier KE; Pearson GN (2003) On the accuracy of retrieved wind information from Doppler lidar observations, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 129, pp.321-334. doi: 10.1256/gj.01.126
  • Tilford KA; Fox NI; Collier CG (2002) Application of weather radar data for urban hydrology, METEOROL APPL, 9, pp.95-104.
  • Collier CG (2000) Quantitative precipitation forecasting - Preface, J HYDROL, 239, pp.1-2.
  • Pierce CE; Hardaker PJ; Collier CG; Haggett CM (2000) GANDOLF: a system for generating automated nowcasts of convective precipitation, METEOROL APPL, 7, pp.341-360.
  • Holt AR; Goddard JWF; Upton GJG; Willis MJ; Rahimi AR; Baxter PD; Collier CG (2000) Measurement of rainfall by dual-wavelength microwave attenuation, ELECTRON LETT, 36, pp.2099-2101.
  • Fox NI; Saich P; Collier CG (2000) Estimating the surface water and radiation balance in an upland area from space, INT J REMOTE SENS, 21, pp.2985-3002.
  • Fox NI; Collier CG (2000) Estimating medium-range catchment flood potential, J HYDROL, 237, pp.1-16.
  • Fox NI; Collier CG (2000) Physical disaggregation of numerical model rainfall, HYDROL EARTH SYST SC, 4, pp.419-424.
  • Pearson GN; Collier CG (1999) A pulsed coherent CO2 lidar for boundary-layer meteorology, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 125, pp.2703-2721.
  • Collier CG (1999) The impact of wind drift on the utility of very high spatial resolution radar data over urban areas, PHYS CHEM EARTH PT B, 24, pp.889-893.
  • Collier CG (1998) Modelling a river catchment using an electrical circuit analogue, HYDROL EARTH SYST SC, 2, pp.9-18.
  • Collier CG (1996) Applications of Weather Radar Systems A guide to uses of radar data in meteorology and hydrology, aTMOSPERIC pHYSICS, John Wiley & Sons, pp.1-390.
  • Barkwith A; Collier CG (Accepted) Lidar observations of flow variability over complex terrain, Meteorological Applications, 17, . doi: 10.1002/met.244