Douglas supports technical and scientific collaboration with the Unified Model.
Douglas is a member of the Unified Model collaboration team. The team facilitates effective collaboration aimed at developing the Unified Model with scientists from operational centres and universities around the world.
Collaborations currently exist with scientists in the UK, Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa. Activities include the development of
Douglas is responsible for supporting these research and development activities through day-to-day technical support and managing the provision of operational data and software. He maintains the Collaboration Wiki which facilitates communication amongst Unified Model users and he manages upgrades to the Africa Limited-Area Model, the products of which are used by a number of African National Meteorological Services.
In addition, Douglas is responsible for coordinating user workshops, training and receiving visiting scientists.
Before joining the Unified Model collaboration team, Douglas worked in Forecast Model Development, participating in the development of limited-area models and the creation of forecast products for utilities companies. He started his career in the Met Office as part of the Global Data Assimilation team, in which he explored methods of forecast initialisation.
Douglas' academic background is in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics.