About Me

Hello, and welcome to my website! My name is Corwin Wright, and I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow based in the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 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.

CV

Please find a PDF copy of my CV at the following link: CV (last updated 19th March 2018)

Publications

(Last updated: 3rd March 2018)

Journal Articles

26. Measurement of ionospheric total electron content using single frequency geostationary satellite observations
CA Cooper, CN Mitchell, CJ Wright, DR Jackson and B Witvliet
Submitted

25. SG-WEX: a platform for improved analysis of gravity waves and low-level wind impacts generated from mountainous islands
DR Jackson, A Gadian, L Hoffmann, J Hughes, J King, T Moffat-Griffin, AC Moss, AN Ross, SB Vosper, CJ Wright and NJ Mitchell
Accepted, in press

24. Climatology and Interannual Variability of Dynamic Variables in Multiple Reanalyses Evaluated by the SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP )
C Long, M Fujiwara, S Davis, D Mitchell and CJ Wright, doi:10.5194/acp-17-14593-2017 (2017) (PDF)

23. Exploring gravity wave characteristics in 3-D using a novel S-transform technique: AIRS/Aqua measurements over the Southern Andes and Drake Passage
CJ Wright, NP Hindley, L Hoffmann, MJ Alexander and N J Mitchell, doi:10.5194/acp-17-8553-2017 (2017) (PDF)
Selected as an EGU Highlight Article.

22. The South Georgia Wave Experiment (SG-WEX): Radiosonde observations of gravity waves in the lower stratosphere. Part 1: Energy density, momentum flux and wave propagation direction
T Moffat-Griffin, CJ Wright, AC Moss, JC King, SR Colwell and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.1002/qj.3181 (2017) (PDF)

21. A two-dimensional Stockwell Transform method for gravity wave analysis of AIRS temperatures
NP Hindley, ND Smith, CJ Wright, and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.5194/amt-9-2545-2016 (2016) (PDF)

20. Does The Madden-Julian Oscillation Modulate Stratospheric Gravity Waves?
AC Moss, CJ Wright, and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.1002/2016GL068498 (2016) (PDF)

19. Gravity wave momentum fluxes in the mesosphere over Ascension Island (8S, 14W) and the anomalous zonal winds of the Semi-Annual Oscillation in 2002
AC Moss, CJ Wright, RN Davis, and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.5194/angeo-34-323-2016 (2016) (PDF)

18. Multi-instrument gravity-wave measurements over Tierra del Fuego and the Drake Passage, Part 1: Potential energies and vertical wavelengths from AIRS, COSMIC, HIRDLS, MLS-Aura, SAAMER, SABER and radiosondes
CJ Wright, NP Hindley, AC Moss, DC Fritts*, D Janches* and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.5194/amt-9-877-2016 (2016) (PDF).
Selected as an EGU Highlight Article.
(* these authors were omitted from the author list as published. A corrigendum has been issued correcting this.)

17. Combining AIRS and MLS for the three-dimensional detection of gravity waves
CJ Wright, NP Hindley, and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.1002/2015GL067233 (2016) (PDF)
Featured in NASA's Sensing Our Planet 2016.

16. The southern stratospheric gravity-wave hot spot: individual waves and their momentum fluxes measured by COSMIC GPS-RO [AP]
NP Hindley, CJ Wright, ND Smith, and NJ Mitchell, doi:10.5194/acp-15-7797-2015 (2015) (PDF)

15. Global distributions of overlapping gravity waves in HIRDLS data
CJ Wright, SM Osprey, and JC Gille, doi:10.5194/acp-15-8459-2015 (2015) (PDF)

14. Lee wave generation rates in the deep ocean
CJ Wright, RB Scott, P Ailliot and DG Furnival, doi:10.1002/2013GL059087 (2014) (PDF)

13. Global observations of gravity wave intermittency and its impact on the observed momentum flux morphology
CJ Wright, SM Osprey and JC Gille, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50869 (2013) (PDF)

12. Detecting overlapping gravity waves using the S-Transform
CJ Wright and JC Gille; doi:10.1002/grl.50378, 2013 (PDF)

11. Global observations of ocean-bottom subinertial current dissipation
CJ Wright, RB Scott, DG Furnival, P Ailliot and F Vermet; doi:10.1175/JPO-D-12-082.1, 2013 (PDF)

10. A one-year seasonal analysis of Martian gravity waves using MCS Data
CJ Wright; doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.03.004, 2012 (PDF)

9. Bottom dissipation of subinertial currents at the Atlantic zonal boundaries
CJ Wright, RB Scott, BK Arbic and DG Furnival; doi:10.1029/2011JC007702, 2012 (PDF)

8. HIRDLS observations of gravity wave momentum fluxes over the monsoon regions
CJ Wright and JC Gille; doi:10.1029/2011JD015725, 2011 (PDF)

7. Intercomparisons of HIRDLS, COSMIC and SABER for the detection of stratospheric gravity waves
CJ Wright, M Belmonte-Rivas and JC Gille; doi:10.5194/amt-4-1581-2011, 2011 (PDF)

6. High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder measurements of gravity wave activity in the 2006 Arctic stratosphere
CJ Wright, SM Osprey, JJ Barnett, LJ Gray, and JC Gille; doi:10.1029/2009JD011858, 2010 (PDF)

5. SLODAR as turbulence monitor for free space optical communications
GD Love, CN Dunlop, S Patrick, CD Saunter, RW Wilson, and CJ Wright; doi:10.1117/12.669279, 2006

4. Horizontal turbulence measurements using SLODAR
GD Love, CN Dunlop, S Patrick, CD Saunter, RW Wilson, and CJ Wright; doi:10.1117/12.620599, 2005 (PDF)


Technical Reports

3. SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP), Chapter 3: Climatology and Interannual Variability of Dynamical Variables
C Long, M Fujiwara, S Davis, D Mitchell and CJ Wright; complete, to be released during 2018

2.High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder Data Description and Quality, Version 7
JC Gille et al (15 authors, inc. CJ Wright); April 2013

1.High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder Data Description and Quality, Version 6
JC Gille et al (16 authors, inc. CJ Wright); July 2011 (PDF)

Theses, Dissertations and Miscellany


Detection of stratospheric gravity waves using HIRDLS data
CJ Wright
DPhil Thesis, University of Oxford (2010)
Supervisor: Dr John J. Barnett; Examiners: Professor David G. Andrews (internal) and Professor Robert S. Harwood (external)

Characterisation of 1310nm Semiconductor Laser Diodes for Industrial Applications
CJ Wright
MSc Dissertation, University of St Andrews/Compound Semiconductor Technologies, Ltd.(2006)

Atmospheric Turbulence Measurements using SLODAR
CJ Wright
MSci Dissertation, University of Durham (2005)
Supervisor: Dr Gordon Love

My Science

My work primarily focuses on the study of atmospheric waves using satellites, although I also have interests in other areas including oceanography, planetary atmospheres and optics.

A lot of my work centres on trying to find new ways to get more information out of satellite observations, whether by using standard observations in a new way or by combining different datasets to give information neither one can provide individually. This article about my work gives a good example of the latter type of work.

I've also spent a lot of time in the last few years specifically studying the behaviour of waves over the high-latitude southern hemisphere, particularly those emitted from the Andes and from small islands across the Southern Ocean. These waves are hypothesised to be major sources of upper-atmospheric forcing, with indirect but significant effects on surface weather and climate. We're working with collaborators at the Met Office and other international institutions to use this knowledge to advance weather and climate modelling. Which is fun!

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