My research work
I am employed by the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading as a Senior Support Scientist.
Other activities include research and teaching (BSc and MSc) support work, and has included student project supervision.
I also created and maintain the Met-Jobs mailing list, which provides regular (free) mailings of job adverts in meteorology, oceanography and climatology (including vacancies in research, forecasting, technical support, and also course/study vacancies).
My previous roles included spells with the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), and the Data Assimilation Research Centre (DARC) - working as a computational scientist in the fields of data assimilation and data analysis/visualisation. Prior to these I was employed by UGAMP - the UK Universities Global Atmospheric Modelling Programme.
During 2010-2012 I worked at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts on their Reanalysis project. Reanalysis combines past meteorological observations into complete, comprehensive and coherent atmospheric datasets using an up-to-date version of a weather forecast model.
In recent years I have worked on a variety of projects, which have included:
- The assimilation of ozone profiles from the EOS/MLS instrument into the ECMWF IFS weather forecast model, using 3D and 4Dvar techniques.
- The insertion of observation processing code into the Met Office Unified Model to enable the assimilation of MIPAS ozone retrievals for research purposes.
- The development of GDEVL, the Global Data Evaluation and Visualisation Laboratory. GDEVL is a hardware/software solution to the problem of analysing and visualising vast amounts of four-dimensional geophysical data, for example that which may be generated by high-resolution weather forecast models.
- Globmodel - I was the webmaster for the project
- Work led by colleagues at Noveltis (Toulouse) studying the impact of novel satellite observations (along-track winds and projected observations from DIMIWO) to assess their impact on numerical weather prediction.
In addition, to support the work of colleagues in High Resolution Atmospheric Assimilation Group I have been responsible for writing a variety of software packages to enable the analysis of atmospheric numerical model results and atmospheric observations.