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Jack Atkinson BA MEng MA

Jack Atkinson BA MEng MA

Research Associate

I am a scholar in the atmospheric processes division of the climate and environmental dynamics group. My research focusses on the evolution of volcanic plumes.

Biography

Career

  • 2019-present: Research Associate, Geography Department - University of Cambridge
  • 2015-2019: PhD student, Engineering Department - University of Cambridge

Qualifications

  • 2015-present: PhD 'Laminar Analogues of Atmospheric Phenomena', Engineering Department - University of Cambridge
  • 2014-2015: M.Eng, Engineering Department - University of Cambridge
  • 2011-2014: BA Engineering, Engineering Department - University of Cambridge

Awards and scholarships

  • 2017: UK Fluids Network - Short Research Visit Grant to fund experimental work in Oxford
  • 2017: Journal of Fluid Mechanics and UK Fluids Network - Best presentation at the UK Fluids conference.

Research

I am a scholar in the atmospheric processes division of the climate and environmental dynamics group. My research focusses on the evolution of volcanic plumes as part of the National Environment Research Council (NERC) highlight topic R4AsH. Specifically I work with the numerical model ATHAM to improve the representation of ash aggregation and quantify its effect on plume dynamics. I am also examining radar reflectivity as a diagnostic for plume properties.

Prior to this my PhD research looked at simplified models for geophysical fluid dynamical processes (thermals and atmospheric vortices) and using these to better understand atmospheric processes. I explored the formation and development of eyes in tropical cyclones and the development of a mathematical framework for laminar thermals. Further details can be found in publications below.

Publications

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Teaching

  • 2019-present: Supervisor for Part II Geography, paper 10 - Volcanic Plumes
  • 2015-present: Supervisor of IB paper 7 (mathematics) for Peterhouse and Pembroke Engineering undergraduates
  • 2015-2018: Supervisor of IIA modules 3C5 (Dynamics) and 3C6 (Vibration) for Engineering undergraduates

External activities

  • Member of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers