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Dr George Pankiewicz

George leads the management of collaboration with the Unified Model.

George leads the management of collaboration with the Unified Model

Current activities

George manages 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 are numerous and include the development of:

  • UM physical parameterisation schemes.
  • Observation processing software
  • Ocean, sea-ice and land surface coupling.
  • Use of new satellite data
  • Diagnostic studies and evaluation of model configurations.
  • A joint seasonal forecasting system.

George is responsible for monitoring and reviewing these research and development activities, and helping to deliver a measurable net benefit to the prediction capabilities of the Unified Model suite. In addition, George is responsible for organising user workshops, training and other communication tools to facilitate development of the UM by licensed users.

Career background

George has spent much of his career at the Met Office involved in Numerical Weather Prediction, initially focusing on applications of meteorological satellite data, then moving to the International team working with the ECMWF and National Meteorological Services. During this time, the concept of the operational use of the Unified Model was developed, and George took on the role of UM collaboration manager in 2006. Since then, UM collaboration has developed to include six operational services and a range of research users, extending from NWP to climate timescales.

Before joining the Met Office, George completed his PhD on numerical modelling of cometary dust at the University of Kent. Whilst at Leicester University, George's appetite for collaboration developed when he spent 3 years as a visiting scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Physics, in Munich, managing Wide Field Camera operations on theROSAT orbiting X-ray astronomical observatory and undertaking research on planetary atmospheres.

External Recognition

George was awarded a NASA group achievement award for his work on the ROSAT orbiting X-ray astronomical observatory in 1991

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