About Me

Hello, and welcome to my website! My name is Corwin Wright, and I am a Professor of Atmospheric Remote Sensing, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Research at the University of Bath.

My current research programme focuses on the study of atmospheric coupling via gravity waves. These waves are a critical mechanism for momentum and energy transport in the atmosphere, and are vitally important to accurate weather and climate forecasting. They can also travel into the ionosphere, the electrically-charged upper part of the atmosphere, where they can disrupt communications and GPS. However, they are very small relative to the Earth (of order hundreds of metres to hundreds of kilometres in size), and are thus extremely challenging to observe at the global scale. I use satellites, ground-based observations like radar and lidar, weather balloons and models to measure these waves, and work with weather and climate modellers to apply the insights gained from this study. In addition to the Royal Society, my research is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Prior to my Fellowship, which commenced in October 2017, I was a Research Officer at Bath for four years, working first with Nick Mitchell and then with Cathryn Mitchell. I have also previously worked with Robert Scott in the Laboratoire de Physique des Océans of the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France (for one year), and with John Gille in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of NCAR (now ACOM) for two non-consecutive years.

Before my postdoctoral research, I studied for a DPhil in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford (Trinity College) with the late John Barnett, working on the detection of gravity waves using data from HIRDLS, where I was funded by NERC.

At various past times, I have been a student on the joint MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices between the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University, where my place was funded by the EPSRC, and on the MSci Physics course at the University of Durham, where I was a member of Collingwood College.

You can contact me via c.wright@bath.ac.uk.


Please find a PDF copy of my CV at the following link: CV (last updated 8th January 2024)

Research Summaries

Paper Summaries

Since mid-2020, I've tried to post a brief Twitter thread about all published papers as they come up. Here they are! For each one, click on the head tweet (shown) to see a thread summarising the story of the paper, including key figures.