Dr Simon Bell PhD

Dr Simon Bell

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Simon Bell’s research revolves around the Wintersense project, an ‘Internet of Things’ approach to sensing road surface temperatures. He aims to have a dense network of low-cost, Wi-Fi enabled, contactless sensors deployed across Birmingham by the end of 2015.

Simon has a strong background in the use of low-cost sensing for measuring weather conditions. He is also an enthusiastic Web Developer, always looking to use programming to help solve meteorological challenges.


  • PhD in Computer Science (Aston University 2015)
  • MSc in Applied Meteorology & Climatology (University of Birmingham 2011)
  • BSc Physical Geography (University of Sheffield 2010)


Recent publications


Chapman, L & Bell, S 2018, 'High-resolution monitoring of weather impacts on infrastructure networks using the internet of things', Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, pp. 1147-1154. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0214.1

Thomas, R, Mackenzie, A, Reynolds, S, Sadler, J, Cropley, F, Bell, S, Dugdale, S, Chapman, L, Quinn, A & Cai, X 2018, 'Avian Sensor Packages for Meteorological Measurements', Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 99, no. 3, pp. 499-511. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0181.1

Chapman, L, Bell, C & Bell, S 2016, 'Can the crowdsourcing data paradigm take atmospheric science to a new level? A case study of the Urban Heat Island of London quantified using Netatmo weather stations', International Journal of Climatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.4940

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