Felix Leung

Graduate school

8th September 2013:

Climate Modelling Summer School

At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand:

  • The fundamental principles of the science contained in the models
  • How the different areas of science in modern climate models are interconnected
  • How models are implemented and operated on modern supercomputers
  • How to assess the quality of the model results and how to perform high-level analysis
  • How climate science is used for policy making.

The course is split into a number of sections:

  • Climate Components led by Pier Luigi Vidale (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Elements of computational fluid dynamics led by Hilary Weller (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Idealised GCM laboratory led by Hilary Weller (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Climate Interactions led by Rowan Sutton (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Model design and analysis led by Len Shaffrey (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • The Climate Laboratory led by Pier Luigi Vidale (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)

In addition to these sessions, evening seminars and events will be held. On the second Thursday there will be a Formal Dinner and a guest speaker will be invited to talk after dinner.

Participants at the summer school will be asked to give presentations of group work in the second week of the course.

Graduate School

8th April 2013:

Earth System Science Spring School

The Earth System Science Spring School (ES4) takes place at a different location every year. ES4 provides NERC-funded PhD students, NERC staff currently working towards their PhD, and early-career NERC researchers with a broad foundation in earth system science and its applications. The school is managed by NCAS, in partnership with a number of UK research facilities. This partnership provides a wide-ranging knowledge base on which to draw to create a comprehensive and world-class curriculum.


Course details

The Earth System Science Spring School provides students with a background in Earth systems and how they interact. A wider knowledge of the Earth's systems allows students to place their research into context and encourages collaborations across disciplines. A mixture of lectures and practical sessions are used to deliver the course content, providing both scientific knowledge and hands-on experience. As well as formal learning, students will get experience of field work with a day spent in the field looking at geological aspects of the earth. Students will also present their own work, allowing them a relaxed environment to practise presentation skills and to learn about each other's work.

Partners involved in ES4 are:

  • British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
  • Dept of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge
  • Dept of Physics, Imperial College
  • NCAS Climate University of Reading
  • NCAS Composition University of York
  • NCAS Weather
  • National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
  • National Oceanographic Centre (NOC)


Graduate School Skills Workshops

7th December 2015:

Visualising your data

Data is not information, it requires processing, interpretation and presentation to extract its value. 

30th November 2015:

Completing Your Thesis

Writing up the doctorate is a big task and can be intimidating. The focus of this workshop is to give you the opporutnity to reflect on your progress, and give you practical tools to plan, structure, draft and get feedback on your thesis!

26th November 2015:

Job Application Forms: how to complete them

31st March 2014:

ESA Land Data Assimillation workshop

The ESA-sponsored land Data-Assimilation workshop was held in University College London (UCL) on the March 31st and April 1st. The workshop was coordinated by the the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)

The aim of the workshop was to provide hands-on experience of a number of relevant software tools and theoretical techniques, through a number of planned sessions.


Professional Meetings

1st July 2014:

JULES meeting 2014

It is a 2 days meeting with the JULES community at Leicester University. There are sessions on:
Surface Exchange
Plant physiology
Vegetation dynamics (and fire)
Crop modelling
Soil carbon and nitrogen
Biogenic fluxes
Validation and calibration
Data assimilation
Technical developments
Climate impacts

I presented a poster on Climate impacts: Quantifying the impact of tropospheric ozone on crops productivity.