Alyson Douglas

Meet...Alyson Douglas

Climate physics
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

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Name: Alyson Douglas
Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher

What are you currently working on?
I currently explore ways to understand how our Earth system models may be failing to accurately represent cloud processes leading to large uncertainties in future projections.

Describe a typical day

  • Lots of answering emails; currently, I am helping to organise an early career researcher day as part of my EU Horizon Grant called FORCeS in early September.
  • Going over reviews on one of my papers and making edits; the longest part of the writing process is the review, edit, repeat process – especially in papers that use both Earth system model output and observations, it seems like you can’t please both sides.
  • I have a few projects that I work on to code in Python once a day just to break up the monotony sometimes. Right now, that means trying to find some reliable emissions data at a high resolution that spans at least a decade, and so far it seems none of the available options will be the right fit for my project.
  • Coffee breaks whenever I feel my eyes getting droopy or I hit a dead end. So this can vary from once a day to four times a day depending on my luck.

If you had an entire day at your disposal (not at work), what would be your ideal way to spend it?
Either on the beach reading a book or hiking through some beautiful scenery... also with a book.

What is your favourite place in Oxford?
The Missing Bean

What discovery would you like to see in your lifetime?
Efficient carbon capture methods that are effective on decades long timescales.