Richard Forbes

Principal Scientist
Research, Earth System Modelling, Physical Processes


Richard is responsible for the representation of clouds and precipitation in the ECMWF global numerical weather prediction model (the Integrated Forecasting System or IFS). He uses a wide range of observations to evaluate the model, understand physical processes and their interactions, and improve the forecast model. A particular focus is on reducing regime-dependent systematic errors relating to cloud.

Professional interests:
  • Improving numerical weather prediction from days to seasonal timescales
  • Parametrization of cloud and precipitation microphysics and sub-grid processes
  • Using observations for evaluation of atmospheric models
  • Understanding interactions between different atmospheric processes
Career background:
  • 2010-present: Senior Scientist, Research Department, ECMWF
  • 2007-2010: Scientist (Atmospheric Processes), Research Department, ECMWF
  • 2004: Secondment to Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway
  • 1998-2007: Scientist (Mesoscale and Convective-scale Processes), Joint Centre for Mesoscale Meteorology, Met Office, Reading, UK
  • 1998-2001: PhD (Extra-tropical Cyclones), Dept of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK
  • 1992-1998: Scientist (Ocean Modelling and Data Assimilation), Met Office, Bracknell, UK
External recognitions
  • 2016-present: Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for KIAPS, South Korea
  • 2007-2012: Chair of the Royal Meteorological Society Meetings Committee and Council Member
  • 2003: European Meteorological Society Young Scientist Award
  • 1995: Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS)