Dr Mike Bell

Mike leads the teams developing the Met Office's short-range surface wave and ocean forecasting capabilities.

Current activities

Mike is Head of the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF). This consortium includes the National Oceanography Centres (at Southampton & Liverpool), Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Environmental Systems Science Centre at Reading University. Mike is also playing a leading role in the Marine Core Service being developed by the MyOcean project. His current research interests include Kelvin waves and the spin-up of thermohaline circulations.

Career background

Mike joined the Met Office in 1983 and obtained his PhD with Imperial College in 1989. He developed the initial version of the FOAM ocean data assimilation system and took over as manager of the FOAM team in 1996. He was appointed Head of Ocean Forecasting R&D and Head of the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting in 2004.

External Recognition

  • Winner of L G Groves Memorial Prize for Meteorology, 2001.

  • Co-chair of International Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) (2005-2008).

  • Member of UK Marine Science Coordination Committee (2008-).

  • Member of MyOcean Board (2008-).

Last updated: 21 February 2014

About Dr. Mike Bell

Mike Bell

Mike leads the teams developing the Met Office's ocean forecasting capabilities.

Areas of expertise:

  • Ocean dynamics and modelling.

  • Ocean data assimilation.

Publications by Mike