Dr. Chris Dearden

Role: Software Development Scientist

Email: earcdea@leeds.ac.uk


Website: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/c.dearden


Chris obtained an MPHYS degree in Physics and Cosmology from Lancaster University in 2002, before joining the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change in January 2003. At the Met Office, Chris served as Configuration Manager for the HadGEM2 model development project. During this time he also studied part-time for an MSc in Weather, Climate and Modelling at the University of Reading, which he completed in 2006. For his MSc dissertation, Chris constructed an idealised version of the Met Office Unified Model to study the response of the model dynamics to the vertical structure of diabatic heating in the tropics. In the summer of 2007, Chris left the Met Office to begin a PhD in cloud microphysics modelling at the University of Manchester, which he completed in 2011. He then remained at Manchester as a post-doctoral research associate and became a Research Fellow in August 2014, working on two EU funded projects which involved the use of PolarWRF and the Met Office NERC Cloud model respectively. In January 2018, Chris joined CEMAC to resume working with the Met Office Unified Model on a range of technical projects.


Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester, 2011

MSc Weather, Climate and Modelling, University of Reading, 2006

MPHYS Physics with Cosmology, Lancaster University, 2002

Research Interests

Clouds and aerosol-cloud interactions

Scientific computing

Code optimisation for HPC

Data Visualisation


Met Office models: UM, MONC, KiD


Programming Languages

Fortran, Python, R, MATLAB

Bash shell scripting

Version Control Software

Git, FCM