Dr. Julian Brimelow
Physical Sciences Specialist, Applied Environmental Prediction Science, Prairie & Northern Region, Environment Canada
Dr. Julian Brimelow is a convective weather expert based in Edmonton. Julian graduated from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) with a BSc in meteorology in 1993, completed his MSc at the University of Alberta in 1999, and completed his PhD at the University of Manitoba in 2011.
As an Environment Canada scientist, Julian is working to improve the detection and prediction of hail and severe hail using radar products and data from Canada’s numerical weather prediction models. Julian has an broad publication record on various elements of deep convection, thunderstorms, hail , flooding and drought. Before embarking on his PhD, his research focused on modelling maximum hail size and severe thunderstorms.
During his PhD, Julian investigated linkages between soil moisture (and vegetation health) and thunderstorm activity on the Canadian Prairies. The latter research was intended to improve our understanding of mechanisms that may exacerbate or perpetuate drought. Julian has worked as a meteorologist for the South African Weather Service and the British Antarctic Survey and as a research assistant at the University of Alberta.
Julian is a member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the American Geophysical Union.