School of Earth and Environment

Ralph Burton Dr Ralph Burton

NCAS Research Scientist

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31587
Email address: r.r.burton@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 11.115

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Biography

Ralph Burton joined the school in 1998. Since then he has worked on a variety of research projects, including:

  • Idealised modelling of thunderstorms (during the West African Monsoon Project);
  • Investigating the atmosphere of West Africa (the JET2000 project);
  • Development of numerical models of orographic flow;
  • Statistical analyses of measured orographic flows;
  • Investigation into the structure of severe windstorms and "rotors" in mountainous areas (the T-REX project).

Ralph has undertaken Fieldwork in Arran (U.K.), the Falkland islands, West Africa, Eastern Alps (Switzerland) and most recently in the Sierra Nevada (U.S.A.) during T-REX, for which project he is currently working.

He also runs the CFD M.Sc. module in Atmospheric Dispersion.

Qualifications

  • BSc Mathematics
  • PhD Applied Mathematics, University of Sheffield

Research Interests

  • Dynamical meteorology

Publications

  • Gadian AM; Blyth AM; Bruyere CL; Burton RR; Done JM; Groves J; Holland G; Mobbs SD; Pozo JTD; Tye MR; Warner JL (2018) A case study of possible future summer convective precipitation over the UK and Europe from a regional climate projection, International Journal of Climatology, 38, pp.2314-2324. doi: 10.1002/joc.5336
  • Burton RR; Dudhia J; Gadian AM; Mobbs SD (2017) The use of a numerical weather prediction model to simulate the release of a dense gas with an application to the Lake Nyos disaster of 1986, Meteorological Applications, 24, pp.43-51. doi: 10.1002/met.1603
  • Armstrong A; Burton RR; Lee SE; Mobbs S; Ostle N; Smith V; Waldron S; Whitaker J (2016) Ground-level climate at a peatland wind farm in Scotland is affected by wind turbine operation, Environmental Research Letters, 11, . doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/044024
  • Smith VH; Mobbs SD; Burton RR; Hobby M; Aoshima F; Wulfmeyer V; Di Girolamo P (2014) The role of orography in the regeneration of convection: A case study from the convective and orographically-induced precipitation study, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 24, pp.83-97. doi: 10.1127/metz/2014/0418
  • Burton RR; Gadian A; Blyth AM; Mobbs SD (2013) Modelling isolated deep convection: A case study from COPS, METEOROLOGISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT, 22, pp.433-443. doi: 10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0408
  • Burton RR; Devine GM; Parker DJ; Chazette P; Dixon N; Flamant C; Haywood JM (2013) The harmattan over West Africa: Nocturnal structure and frontogenesis, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 139, pp.1364-1373. doi: 10.1002/qj.2036
  • Burton RR; Parker DJ; Dixon N; Devine GM; Chazette P; Flamant C; Haywood JM (2012) The Harmattan over West Africa: Nocturnal structure and frontogenesis, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, . doi: 10.1002/qj.2036
  • 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
  • Burton RR (2006) Scott's last expedition: the upper-air observations, Weather, 61, pp.250-253. doi: 10.1256/wea.31.06
  • Burton RR; Vosper SB; Mobbs SD (2006) Underlying structures in orographic flow: An analysis of measurements made on the Isle of Arran, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 132, pp.1457-1466. doi: 10.1256/qj.05.192
  • Parker DJ; Burton RR; Diongue-Niang A; Ellis RJ; Felton M; Taylor CM; Thorncroft CD; Bessemoulin P; Tompkins AM (2005) The diurnal cycle of the West African monsoon circulation, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 131, pp.2839-2860. doi: 10.1256/qj.04.52
  • Parker DJ; Thorncroft CD; Burton RR; Diongue-Niang A (2005) Analysis of the African easterly jet, using aircraft observations from the JET2000 experiment, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 131, pp.1461-1482. doi: 10.1256/qj.03.189
  • Burton RR; Vosper SB; Mobbs SD (2005) Underlying structures in modelled orographic flow, Croatian Meteorological Journal, pp.pp.469.
  • Mobbs SD; Vosper SB; Sheridan PF; Cardoso R; Burton RR; Arnold SJ (2005) Observations of downslope winds and rotors in the Falkland Islands, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 131, pp.329-351. doi: 10.1256/qj.04.51
  • Taylor CM; Ellis RJ; Parker DJ; Burton RR; Thorncroft CD (2003) Linking boundary-layer variability with convection: A case-study from JET2000, Q J ROY METEOR SOC, 129, pp.2233-2253. doi: 10.1256/qj.02.134
  • Thorncroft CD; Parker DJ; Burton RR; Diop M; Ayers JH; Barjat H; Devereau S; Diongue A; Dumelow R; Kindred DR; Price NM; Saloum M; Tayor CM; Tompkins AM (2003) The JET2000 project, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 84, pp.337-351. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-84-3-337
  • Thorncroft CD; Parker DJ; Burton RR; Diop M; Ayers JH; Barjat H; Devereau S; Diongue A; Dumelow R; Kindred DR; Price NM; Saloum M; Tayor CM; Tompkins AM (2003) The JET2000 project - Aircraft observations of the African easterly jet and African easterly waves, B AM METEOROL SOC, 84, pp.337-351. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-84-3-337
  • Parker DJ; Burton RR (2002) The two-dimensional response of a tropical jet to propagating lines of convection, J ATMOS SCI, 59, pp.1263-1273.
  • Wyatt LR; Thompson SP; Burton RR (1999) Evaluation of high frequency radar wave measurement, Coastal Engineering, 37, pp.259-282.
  • Burton RR; Stern MS; Kendall PC; Robson PN (1996) Modelling of diffraction in pillar vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers with embedded Bragg layers, Optical and Quantum Electronics, 28, pp.1677-1684.
  • Burton RR; Stern MS; Kendall PC; Robson PN (1995) VCSEL diffraction-loss theory, IEE Proceedings - Optoelectronics, 142, pp.77-81.