Pat works on the development and evaluation of shelf seas and open ocean models, as a Met Office senior scientist.
Areas of expertise:
Shelf seas model development and evaluation.
Shelf seas processes.
Open ocean model development and evaluation.
Open ocean processes.
Pat works within the Marine Dynamics team of the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development section. The Marine Dynamics team focus on the development and evaluation of shelf seas and open ocean models used for operational short-term forecasting.
Currently Pat's work includes:
evaluating hindcast and operational Open Ocean NEMO model runs against observations to assess performance;
developing, testing and evaluating the NEMO-AMM shelf seas configuration, with the aim of replacing the existing POLCOMS based shelf seas model configurations once its performance is adequate;
evaluating and benchmarking the performance of the POLCOMS Persian Gulf shelf seas model and Indian Ocean NEMO open ocean model in the Gulf of Oman;
planning the evaluation and benchmarking process for future shelf seas models;
an assessment of the performance of the NEMO open ocean model configurations in the equatorial regions, including a comparison between ocean currents and Global Tropical Moored Buoy observations.
evaluating and developing the turbulence closure models used in the suite of NEMO open ocean and shelf seas models
assessing and standardising the configurations of the NEMO Open Ocean and Shelf Sea suite of operational models to draw on expertise from National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF) Partners
Pat joined the Met Office in 2004. Since then he has worked with Ocean Forecasting Research and Development team members on the evaluation, applications and development of operational shelf seas and open ocean hydrodynamic and ecosystem models used for short-term forecasting.
Before joining the Met Office, he undertook a BSc in Physics with Oceanography at the University of Southampton (1988); an MSc in Physical Oceanography at the University of Wales, Bangor (1992), and a PhD in Physical Oceanography at University of Wales, Bangor (1997).
From 1989–1991, he worked as an oceanographer for Marex, Space Technology Systems and Wimpey Environmental (now FUGRO GEOS) on a range of water and offshore industry projects. From 1993–1995, Pat completed an EU MAST Mobility fellowship at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece undertaking a two-year multi-disciplinary study of the Thermaikos Gulf, northwest Aegean, within the EU PROFILE project. He worked from 1997–1999 on a range of offshore industry projects for Fugro-Geos.
In 1999, he worked on the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences. From, 2000–2002, Pat worked as a researcher at the University of Wales, Bangor, studying near-inertial oscillations. From 2002–2004, he worked as a researcher on the impact of oceanographic processes on fisheries at NOAA fisheries/University of Hawaii. In late 2003, Pat gained support for the release of offshore industry data to the research community for model evaluation from the Oil and Gas Producers group, leading to the SIMORC project.
1991–92 Darbyshire prize for School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor
2005–2007 SIMORC project advisory board member