School of Earth and Environment

Lindsay Bennett Dr Lindsay Bennett

NCAS Instrument Scientist

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31453
Email address:
Room: 10.113

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


I am an Instrument Scientist for the Atmospheric Measurement Facility (AMF), part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). I am responsible for the mobile X-band radar, the first of its kind in the UK. The radar will be used to examine the microphysics and dynamics of convective clouds, investigating the key processes that control rainfall intensity.


I received a BSc (Hons) in Meteorology and Oceanography from the University of East Anglia in July 2003, studying abroad at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, in 2001/2002. I undertook a 10-week internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) during summer 2002, working on a research project examining strong winds associated with squall lines.

I joined the School of Earth and Environment in September 2003 as a postgraduate research student working with Prof. Alan Blyth on the Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). I also worked with Dr Tammy Weckwerth on data from the International H20 Project (IHOP_2002) through a Co-operative Award in Science and Engineering (CASE) with NCAR.

From June 2008 to October 2011 I worked with Prof. Blyth and Dr. Weckwerth on the Convective and Orographically-Induced Precipitation Study (COPS) that took place in south-west Germany and eastern France during summer 2007. The project aimed to improve understanding and prediction of heavy convective precipitation in complex terrain. I analysed case studies using data from ground-based remote sensing instrumentation with a focus on the Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radar data and simulations from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.


PhD (2008), University of Leeds: "Observations of boundary-layer development and the initiation of precipitating convection".

BSc (First Class Hons), Meteorology and Oceanography, University of East Anglia, Norwich


Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

STEM Ambassador

Research Interests

  • Radar meteorology
  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Initiation of convection
  • Boundary-layer dynamics

Current Projects

The Radar Applications In Northern Scotland (RAINS) project is a collaboration between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), the University of Leeds, Scottish Water and the Met Office aiming to improve our understanding of rainfall and flood predictions in Scotland. The NCAS Mobile X-band Radar is being deployed at Kinloss Barracks, Morayshire, from January to July 2016 and the observations will be used alongside the existing Met Office radar network to study precipitation and flooding. For more information please see:

The Ice in Clouds Experiment - Dust (ICE-D) project is studying the influence of the Saharan desert dust on the cloud microphysical processes and precipitation formation in both convective and stratiform clouds. A field campaign took place during July and August 2015 near Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde. For more information please see:

ICE-D is funded by the NERC grant NE/M00340X/1

The COnvective Precipitation Experiment (COPE) project is investigating the processes by which rain develops in convective clouds and aims to improve the forecasts of flash flooding. A field campaign took place in Devon and Cornwall during Summer 2013. For more information please see

COPE is funded by the NERC grant NE/J023507/1.


  • Leon DC; French JR; Lasher-Trapp S; Blyth AM; Abel SJ; Ballard S; Barrett A; Bennett LJ; Bower K; Brooks B; Brown P; Charlton-Perez C; Choularton T; Clark P; Collier C; Crosier J; Cui Z; Dey S; Dufton D; Eagle C; Flynn MJ; Gallagher M; Halliwell C; Hanley K; Hawkness-Smith L; Huang Y; Kelly G; Kitchen M; Korolev A; Lean H; Liu Z; Marsham J; Moser D; Nicol J; Norton EG; Plummer D; Price J; Ricketts H; Roberts N; Rosenberg PD; Simonin D; Taylor JW; Warren R; Williams PI; Young G (2016) The Convective Precipitation Experiment (COPE): Investigating the origins of heavy precipitation in the southwestern United Kingdom, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97, pp.1003-1020. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00157.1
  • Taylor JW; Choularton TW; Blyth AM; Liu Z; Bower KN; Crosier J; Gallagher MW; Williams PI; Dorsey JR; Flynn MJ; Bennett LJ; Huang Y; French J; Korolev A; Brown PRA (2016) Observations of cloud microphysics and ice formation during COPE, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, pp.799-826. doi: 10.5194/acp-16-799-2016
  • 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
  • Weckwerth TM; Bennett LJ; Jay Miller L; van Baelen J; di Girolamo P; Blyth AM; Hertneky TJ (2014) An observational and modeling study of the processes leading to deep, moist convection in complex terrain, Monthly Weather Review, 142, pp.2687-2708. doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-13-00216.1
  • Bennett LJ; Blyth AM; Burton RR; Gadian AM; Weckwerth TM; Behrendt A; Di Girolamo P; Dorninger M; Lock SJ; Smith VH; Mobbs SD (2011) Initiation of convection over the Black Forest mountains during COPS IOP15a, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 137, pp.176-189. doi: 10.1002/qj.760
  • Wulfmeyer V; Behrendt A; Kottmeier C; Corsmeier U; Barthlott C; Craig GC; Hagen M; Althausen D; Aoshima F; Arpagaus M; Bauer HS; Bennett L; Blyth A; Brandau C; Champollion C; Crewell S; Dick G; Di Girolamo P; Dorninger M; Dufournet Y; Eigenmann R; Engelmann R; Flamant C; Foken T; Gorgas T; Grzeschik M; Handwerker J; Hauck C; Holler H; Junkermann W; Kalthoff N; Kiemle C; Klink S; Konig M; Krauss L; Long CN; Madonna F; Mobbs S; Neininger B; Pal S; Peters G; Pigeon G; Richard E; Rotach MW; Russchenberg H; Schwitalla T; Smith V; Steinacker R; Trentmann J; Turner DD; van Baelen J; Vogt S; Volkert H; Weckwerth T; Wernli H; Wieser A; Wirth M (2011) The Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS): the scientific strategy, the field phase, and research highlights, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 137, pp.3-30. doi: 10.1002/qj.752
  • Bennett LJ; Weckwerth TM; Blyth AM; Geerts B; Miao Q; Richardson Y (2010) Observations of the evolution of the nocturnal and convective boundary layers and the structure of open-celled convection on 14 June 2002, Monthly Weather Review, 138, pp.2589-2607. doi: 10.1175/2010MWR3200.1
  • Bennett LJ; Blyth AM; Browning KA; Norton EG (2008) Observations of the development of convection through a series of stable layers during the Convective Storm Initiation Project, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 134, pp.2079-2091. doi: 10.1002/qj.344
  • 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
  • Weckwerth TM; Bennett L; Kiemle C; Blyth A; Flamant C; Richardson YP (2007) Evolution of the moisture field during the development of the daytime convective boundary layer, 87th AMS Annual Meeting, .
  • Bennett LJ; Browning KA; Blyth AM; Parker DJ; Clark PA (2006) A review of the initiation of precipitating convection in the United Kingdom, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 132, pp.1001-1020. doi: 10.1256/qj.05.54