Fiona joined the Met Office in 2011, and works as a scientist improving surface meteorological measurements from new and existing instruments. Her work currently has a focus on marine observations.
Areas of expertise:
Evaluation of a new marine temperature dataset from the global array of Argo floats: traditional Argo floats measure oceanographic temperature and salinity profiles between 5 and 2,000 metres depth. Since 2008, around 10% of the deployed floats are capable of recording temperature data until the float surfaces. This detailed near-surface temperature dataset has potential to increase the value of Argo data by revealing diurnal warming and other short-term stratification at the top of the water column. The near-surface temperature data is of benefit to Argo data users, particularly the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST).
Comparison of wave height and period data from next-generation spectral wave sensors with existing sensors.
Laboratory and field trials of non-mercury temperature instruments.
Prior to joining the Met Office, Fiona worked in environmental data analysis and statistics for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for five years. She held various marine and ecology data management roles in the Natural Environment Research Council before joining SEPA.
Fiona has a PhD entitled 'Lake and ocean vertical mixing using sulphur hexafluoride tracer techniques' from the University of East Anglia and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Lancaster University.