James works on the development of statistical post-processing techniques to improve forecast accuracy.
Forecasts from the Unified Model are spaced kilometres apart and many different types of terrain may exist between them; valleys, hills, towns and countryside for example. Forecasts for specific places will therefore be naturally different to that produced by the model due to their location. James' work involves the development and application of statistical techniques to understand these differences and to improve future forecasts by using past observations at these locations.
James has been a member of the Post-Processing team since he joined the Met Office in 2008. Prior to this, he completed a DPhil in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher studying extragalactic radio jets at the University of Sydney, Australia.