Alasdair Skea

Alasdair leads the research and development effort to provide weather and climate services to the renewable energy industry.

Current activities

Alasdair manages the Renewables Applications team which develops and delivers products to help our customers manage the impact of weather on their renewable energy business.

The team works on developing a range of services in this sector which include operational Wind Production forecasting and our site-screening and wind assessment tool, Virtual Met Mast™. The Virtual Met Mast combines high quality Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model data with downscaling techniques to provide assessments of site suitability by estimating the site-specific wind climatology at proposed turbine or wind farm locations. Other projects include research into Solar and Hydro power services.

Alasdair also manages a programme of scientific research and technical developments, utilising the Met Office's world-leading scientific capability, to increase the efficiency of the production process and provide the best quality service to our customers.

Career background

Alasdair joined the Met Office in 2002 as a research scientist after finishing a degree in Physics at  Durham University. Following this, Alasdair completed an MSc in Weather, Climate and Numerical modelling at the  University of Reading whilst working in the local forecasting research and development group.

Alasdair's previous experience has focused on developing techniques to add site-specific forecast skill to our NWP model output and on developing bespoke products and services for the Met Office's customers. In particular Alasdair was responsible for the maintenance and development of the Met Office Road Surface Temperature model (MORST) which is the primary data source for the OpenRoad product, and the Site-Specific Processing System (SSPS) which provides a range of forecasts for thousands of locations around the world.

Last updated: 4 April 2014

About Alasdair Skea

Alasdair Skea

Alasdair manages the Renewables Applications team.

Areas of expertise

  • Renewable energy applications. 
  • FORTRAN Programming.
  • New product development.
  • Site-Specific forecasting techniques.

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