Andrew Dawson

Senior Scientist
Research Department, Integrated Forecast Systems Section, System Design Group

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Professional interests: 
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere-climate modelling
  • Energy efficient computing
  • Open-source data analysis software
Career background: 

Professional experience

  • 2017-present: Scientist, ECMWF.
  • 2015-2017: Senior Research Computing Associate, Department of Physics, University of Oxford.
  • 2014-2015: Senior Oceanographer, Fugro GEOS Ltd.
  • 2011-2014: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Oxford.


  • 2011: PhD Mathematics, University of East Anglia.
  • 2007: BSc Hons Meteorology and Oceanography, University of East Anglia.

Journal articles

  • Dawson A. and P. D. Düben (2017): rpe v5: An emulator for reduced floating-point precision in large numerical simulations. Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 2221-2230, doi: 10.5194/gmd-10-2221-2017.
  • Düben P. D., A. Subramanian, A. Dawson and T. N. Palmer (2017): A study of reduced numerical precision to make superparameterization more competitive using a hardware emulator in the OpenIFS model. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 9, 566-584, doi: 10.1002/2016MS000862.
  • Düben P. D. and A. Dawson (2017): An approach to secure weather and climate models against hardware faults. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 9, 501-513, doi: 10.1002/2016MS000816.
  • Dawson A. (2016): Windspharm: A High-Level Library for Global Wind Field Computations Using Spherical Harmonics. Journal of Open Research Software, 4, e31, doi: 10.5334/jors.129.
  • Dawson A. (2016): eofs: A Library for EOF Analysis of Meteorological, Oceanographic, and Climate Data. Journal of Open Research Software, 4, e14, doi: 10.5334/jors.122.
  • Dawson A., T. N. Palmer (2015): Simulating weather regimes: impact of model resolution and stochastic parameterization, Clim. Dynam., 44, 2177-2193, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2238-x.
  • Dawson A., A. J. Matthews, D. P. Stevens, M. J. Roberts and P. L. Vidale (2013): Importance of oceanic resolution and mean state on the extra-tropical response to El Niño in a matrix of coupled models, Clim. Dynam., 41, 1439-1452, doi: 10.1007/s00382-012-1518-6.
  • Dawson A., T. N. Palmer and S. Corti (2012): Simulating regime structures in weather and climate prediction models, Geophys. Res. Let., 39, L21805, doi: 10.1029/2012GL053284.
  • Dawson A., A. J. Matthews and D. P. Stevens (2011): Rossby wave dynamics of the extra-tropical response to El Niño: Importance of the basic state in coupled GCMs, Clim. Dynam., 37, 391-405, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0854-7.

Other publications

  • Dawson A. (2011) The Impact of Climate Model Resolution on Tropical-Extratropical Interactions in the Pacific, PhD Thesis, University of East Anglia (e-thesis)


  • eofs: A Python library for EOF analysis of meteorological, oceanographic, and climate data.
  • windspharm: A high-level Python library for global wind field computations using spherical harmonics.
  • rpe: An emulator for reduced floating-point precision in Fortran programs.
  • iris: A Python library for meteorology and climatology.
  • cartopy: A library providing cartographic tools for Python.

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Contact Details:
andrew . dawsonecmwf . int
Tel. +44 (0) 118 9499072