Martin manages the research undertaken on land surface processes within the climate research area .
Areas of expertise:
Martin leads the Met Office contribution to the EU FP6 programme WATCH, which aims to understand changes in the terrestrial water cycle throughout the 20th century and investigate the vulnerability of future global water resources.
Martin also leads the development of Joint UK Land Environment Simulator model, a community land surface model. JULES provides a modelling capability for the UK research community for land surface research, while remaining intimately linked to the Met Office forecasting and climate models. This enables the community to contribute towards improved weather forecasting and climate change predictions.
His other activities include contributing towards the analysis of results from the first urban model comparison project. This aims to improve our understanding of the important physical processes within urban environments and improve the way in which we represent them.
Martin joined the Met Office in 1992 after completing a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. After spending a year working on atmospheric dispersion, he has worked on the development of the land surface for a wide range of applications, ranging from the prediction of pipe bursts in the soil through to climate change predictions.
He contributed to setting up the climate side of JCHMR in 2002 and took over the management of the land surface processes group in 2004. In between he spent six months in the commercial side of the Met Office working on business development in the energy sector.
Martin completed an MSc at the department of Meteorology at the University of Reading as part of his training within the Met Office.