Jack is a climate information scientist, involved in the management and development of observational datasets. Jack deals with UK climate data and land-based observations of global climate.
Areas of expertise:
Part of Jack's work is with the National Climate Information Centre (NCIC). His role in the NCIC includes the provision of UK station records. Jack routinely updates historic station records with provisional and then final data (once quality control has been completed). Data are also regularly provided to a Europe-wide dataset.
Jack is also involved in producing and updating analyses of noteworthy weather events, and in answering enquiries about UK climate.
The other half of Jack's work concerns quality control of land-based climate observations from across the globe. A mixture of automated and manual quality controls is used to check the data for internal consistency, and agreement with climate normals and neighbouring stations.
These data are eventually used to produce analyses of the global climate (for example surface temperature anomalies over land in the CRUTEM dataset). Although most data are received automatically in near real-time, further contributions are made to global climate datasets through data rescue of historic records.
Jack also helps to assess the performance of stations which produce these data, checking for repeated errors and long term issues with data quality.
Jack joined the Met Office in March 2009. He has worked in the Climate Monitoring and Attribution group since May 2011.
Before this, he trained as a forecaster in Exeter, and worked as an operational forecaster at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland between October 2009 and May 2011.
Jack graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2008 with a degree in astrophysics.