Brian Golding carries out research to advance Met Office capability to forecast risks from hazardous weather, especially floods.
Brian is currently analysing the performance of the 2.2km ensemble trial carried out during the Olympic Games period to see how useful the forecasting information would have been in forecasting the localised flooding last summer. He also contributes to the Hazard Impact Model work of the Natural Hazards Partnership. He has been tasked by WMO to develop a proposal for a post- THORPEX project to advance the science underpinning High Impact Weather forecasts and warnings. He will also shortly start work as a co-PI of the MED-MI collaboration, with the Health Protection Agency, the London School of Hygience & Tropical Medicine and the European Centre for Environment & Human Health, to develop a platform for linking weather and health databases.
Brian has been involved in Numerical Weather Prediction since joining the Met Office in 1972. In the late 1970s he developed the Met Office's ocean wave prediction system and was involved in early work on the wave power climatology of the UK. In the 1980s, after a short spell in operational forecasting, he led the team that developed the world's first operational non-hydrostatic mesoscale NWP system. In 1990 he was seconded to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for two years, when he used the non-hydrostatic model to study a wide variety of Australian weather systems. In the 1990s, he led the development of the automated Nimrod nowcasting system and became involved in a variety of consultancy contracts in the UK and overseas. More recently, he has contributed to the application of rainfall nowcasts and high resolution NWP in flood prediction and participated in the Pitt review of the 2007 summer floods in the UK. From 2006 to 2012 Brian directed the Met Office's research in Weather Science, including all aspects of the weather forecasting process. In 2010 he was Met Office spokesman on the spread of volcanic ash during the Ejyafjallajokull eruption. His most recent work has been in aspects of risk management.
Last updated: 5 June 2013