Dr Thomas Kent


I completed a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Bristol (2007-2011), with one year spent abroad at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. Consequently, I obtained an MSc in Meteorology and Climatology at the University of Birmingham (2012), before spending 3 months as a visiting scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany, on an EU-funded Short Term Scientific Mission grant. 

Straddling applied mathematics and meteorology, I was awarded a PhD by the School of Maths, Univeristy of Leeds (2013-2016), working in collaboration with the Met Office. This was followed by 5 months as a postdoctoral researcher on two EPSRC-funded projects. After several months travelling around the UK, Europe, and New Zealand, I returned to Leeds in January 2018 as a tutorial assistant (0.5FTE).

Research interests

My research interests concern the mathematical and statistical modelling of atmospheric and environmental phenomena, including:

  • geophysical and computational fluid dynamics,
  •  numerical methods for hyperbolic problems,
  • hydraulic and shallow water-type modelling,
  • data assimilation and filtering theory,
  • numerical weather prediction,
  • climate downscaling and bias correction.


  • PhD Applied Mathematics
  • MSc Meteorology and Climatology
  • BSc Mathematics (with study abroad)

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