Andy manages wave modelling and oceanographic consultancy teams that deliver short range forecast and operational planning services for the marine sector.
Andy is a scientific manager responsible for research and development of the Met Office suite of global and regional short range (one to five days ahead) wave forecast models, and provision of specialist oceanographic consultancy to a range of government and commercial customers.
Central to these activities is assessing the quality of science that underlies Met Office models and understanding both the performance of these systems and how best their data can be used to enable safe and cost-effective management of operations at sea.
Andy's other main activities are in advising system users on how to maximise the benefits that can be achieved from various metocean data, and developing demonstration and consultancy products that are of direct relevance to specific marine industries such as offshore oil and gas, and marine renewables.
Andy has nearly two decades post-graduate experience in marine offshore forecast services, ocean wave and sediment dynamics, and offshore survey. He joined the Met Office in 2001 as a scientist in the verification team.
He completed a PhD and postdoctoral research fellow at University of Plymouth specialising in coastal waves and sediment transport processes.
"Understanding and mitigating conditions at sea will be critical to building a safe and economically healthy offshore renewables sector."
Last updated: 17 April 2012