Dr Emily Wallace (Hamilton)
Emily leads the research and development effort to provide weather and climate services to the renewable energy industry.
Emily manages the Renewables applications which develops and delivers products and services to help our customers manage the impact of weather and climate on their renewable energy interests.
The team works on developing a range of services in this sector which include operational Weather forecasting for power prediction and our site-screening and wind assessment tool, "Intelligent" Virtual Met Mast™ and Virtual Met Mast Plus™. The Virtual Met Mast combines high quality Met Office Numerical Weather Prediction models 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. Through these tools and others, the team is uniquely placed to offer consultancy to understand renewable energy production or usage, from a range of power sources including solar and hydro power.
Emily 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, improve accuracy and provide the best quality service to our customers.
Emily Wallace has a strong background in mathematics and statistics, with a BSc in Mathematics and PhD in the statistical estimation of extremes.
After joining the Met Office she specialised in long-range forecasting, spending several years as a scientist where she led research projects culminating in publishing peer reviewed papers and delivered well received training.
As a Scientific Consultant she led the application of this science. Projects included: a study modelling clients' global climate exposure, provision of authoritative advice on the effect of El Niño, and the development of the first energy-focussed forecast prototypes.
More recently she has been focussing on renewable energy and grid management, and currently manages the Renewables Applications team.