Mrs Helen Champion

Helen manages meteorological data archives for dispersion work, and contributes to emergency response preparedness.

Current activities

As part of the Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality (ADAQ) group, the primary purpose of Helen's work is to maintain and enhance the capability of the Met Office to provide scientific support to the UK government, its agencies and other academic institutes during emergency situations. These can include volcanic eruptions, nuclear incidents, animal and plant disease outbreaks and large fires.

Helen is increasingly involved in the development of operational emergency response computer systems which assist staff responding to such events.

Helen is updating and cataloguing the Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) meteorological data archives covering 1994 to the present day, and verifying data integrity in the process. This work also involves maintaining and documenting user interfaces to the Met Office-wide meteorological archives, which are vital for dispersion work, as well as chairing an internal management group.

Helen is a STEM ambassador, and has visited two primary schools in this capacity, linking pupils' learning activities to weather forecasting and dispersion modelling, and promoting STEM careers by helping to engage children in these subjects at an early age.

Career background

Helen has worked on dispersion modelling since 2000. She played a key role in the Met Office's response to the 2001 FMD epidemic, using NAME to predict the airborne spread of the disease. Helen also worked on the  ENSEMBLE project, combining dispersion forecasts from organisations across Europe to improve emergency response capability, and conducted initial trials of running NAME using EPS data from  ECMWF.

Helen has previously managed a complete overhaul of the ADAQ group's intranet site.

When Helen first joined the Met Office in 1996, she researched air flow over mountains, while completing a MPhil at the University of Southampton.

Prior to joining the Met Office, Helen obtained a BSc in Mathematics and French from the University of Exeter. 

External Recognition

Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Last updated: 20 June 2014

About Mrs. Helen Champion

Mrs Helen Champion

Helen manages meteorological data archives for dispersion work, and contributes to emergency response preparedness.

Areas of expertise

  • Dispersion for emergency response applications
  • Meteorological data archives
  • Web design and maintenance
  • UNIX and FORTRAN coding
  • Ensemble modelling for dispersion applications
  • FMD

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