Andy leads Foundation Science, which provides the underpinning science and model development critical to both weather and climate prediction.
Areas of expertise:
Boundary layer turbulence.
Andy leads the Foundation Science directorate, which consists of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations; Dynamics; Global Model Development; Observation-based Studies. Together these areas provide the science and model developments which are crucial to both weather and climate prediction. Andy co-ordinates the work of these teams, and their links to Weather and Climate Science.
Andy joined the Met Office in 1990 after gaining a BA in Physics at Oxford University. He initially worked on large-eddy modelling and parametrization of the atmospheric boundary layer, completing a PhD on Modelling Turbulent Sheared Convection at the University of Surrey in 1995. He also worked on modelling of cumulus convection and flow over hills, before becoming Manager of the Orography Group in 1999.
In 2004, after a year-long secondment to ECMWF as a Consultant on Orography, he returned to the Met Office as a Research Fellow, working on a variety of boundary layer and orographic issues. From 2007 to 2010 he was Head of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations.
Andy is co-chair of WGNE. This group is responsible for fostering the development of atmospheric circulation models for use in weather, climate and environmental prediction on all time scales, and for diagnosing and resolving shortcomings.
Andy is an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Andy received the RMetS Buchan prize in 2008. The Buchan Prize is awarded annually to members of the Royal Meteorological Society for a paper or papers published in the previous five years in the Quarterly Journal, the International Journal of Climatology or Atmospheric Science Letters, and judged to contain the most important original contribution or contributions to meteorology.