Karen Barfoot

Karen is a member of the Central Climate Unit (CCU) but deals mainly with requests for marine data, while also providing some limited consultancy.

Areas of expertise

Karen's areas of expertise are:

  • marine data and its use

Current activities

Karen is currently involved with providing large quantities of analysed data to another government department. The bulk of her work is with commercial customers and she works with the account managers based in Aberdeen, as well as on ongoing commercial activities.

Career background

Karen joined the office in September 1978 and was based at Upavon as an Assistant Scientific Officer, making observations and undertaking general plotting duties. Following a brief period of unpaid leave she returned to Mount Batten, Plymouth, as an Assistant before leaving to go to the Central Forecasting Office in Bracknell in 1988. Following a period of study and after obtaining an HNC in mathematics, statistics and physics, she was promoted to a Scientific Officer in July 1990. She spent a brief period in 1991 as a Scientific Officer Supervisor in the Central Forecasting Office and then went to the Met Office College in September 1991 to study the Applied Meteorology Course. She completed her forecaster training and spent 2 years in Aberdeen Weather Centre before taking up the role of Marine Data Analyst in February 1994 in the Business and Commercial section of the Met Office. This role was subsumed into the Central Climate Unit in April 2005, where she provides data to other government agencies and departments and to members of the public.

Last updated: 4 April 2014