Bruce Wright

Bruce leads one of the teams which is responsible for developing the post-processing of NWP model output, using statistical techniques and the latest observations, to provide improved weather forecasts

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Current activities 

Bruce manages the Gridded Post-Processing team, which is part of Numerical Modelling section within Weather Science. The team is responsible for post-processing NWP model output to produce seamless, automated weather forecasts from 1 hour to 2 weeks ahead in the form of gridded datasets spanning the UK and the globe. The process also includes nowcasting (exploiting the latest observations to improve the quality of the model forecasts) and the use of ensembles to enhance local forecasts by providing more information on forecast uncertainty.
The team are not only responsible for improving the underpinning science, but also work closely with the IT to support and develop the operational system, and with Business to develop new or enhanced products and services. Bruce leads the strategic initiative to provide the 'Best Gridded Data', which will use an optimised combination of nowcasts and post-processed forecasts from various NWP models to provide the best forecast at any time, in a standard form, to improve the delivery and exploitation of gridded weather forecasts.

Career background

Bruce joined the Met Office 1987, with a First Class Degree in Physics from Imperial College London. Initially, he working on an innovative data analysis system, which allowed the forecaster to control the analysis of a range of surface observations and remotely sensed data through a graphical interface to provide the initial conditions for a high-resolution UK model. During this time, he also gained an MSc in Meteorology from University of Reading.
In 1992, with the introduction of the Unified Model, Bruce adapted the cloud and precipitation processing system, to get high resolution radar, satellite and surface observation information into this model. He then worked on Nimrod (nowcasting system) to improve the rainfall analysis, and then to develop a visibility analysis and forecast. In 1997, Bruce was drafted onto a new initiative to develop the site-specific forecasting capability, eventually managing the team looking after the site-specific forecasting system. 
A re-organisation at the end of 2000, saw Bruce move to the IT side, leading the newly formed database and data management team, followed by a move in 2003 into an IT architecture role, specialising in data management strategy, as part of a re-engineering project. 
In 2012, Bruce came full circle, moving back to Science to lead a team working on the post-processing of gridded NWP model forecasts, very close to the area in which he started his career.

External Recognition

Bruce was a member of the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group on Atmospheric Conditions and Meteorological Geographical Features, from 2010 to 2012.

Last updated: 8 April 2014