An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Eleanor Burke

Areas of expertise

  • Drought

  • Land surface processes

  • Permafrost

Current activities

Eleanor is working on improving the physical representation of the permafrost within JULES. She is also developing a representation of soil permafrost carbon within JULES to enable the permafrost-climate feedback to be quantified within global climate models. She is also interested in including uncomplicated estimates of the response of permafrost carbon to climate change in simple climate models. Eleanor works closely with scientists at the University of Exeter and CEH Wallingford.

Career background

Eleanor joined the Met Office in 2004 and worked on the evaluation of drought and projections of changes in drought in the future. She moved to the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle team in 2011.

Prior to joining the Met Office Hadley Centre, Eleanor worked at the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona in the USA. During this time she carried out research into the utility of remotely sensed data in modelling of land surface processes.

Before moving to the USA, she spent 2 years at CEH Wallingford where she continued working on passive microwave remote sensing of soil moisture, a subject she studied for her PhD at the Environmental Systems Science Centre at Reading University. As an undergraduate Eleanor studied Physics at Oxford University and also has an MSc in Oceanography from Southampton University.