Katie supports and develops meteorological products for the aviation community and provides consultancy to aviation customers.
Katie recently worked on a project funded by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to improve the Met Office's forecasting of disruptive convection in the LTMA (London Terminal Manoeuvring Area). She used past thunderstorm risk forecasts and observational data from the Met Office archives to form case studies and compared these to feedback received from NATS (National Air Traffic Service) on specific days. Katie was then able to identify key areas of the forecast which could be improved upon and provided additional guidance to the forecasters. She is due to conduct verification of the latest season to assess the benefits.
Katie started working at the Met Office as a summer placement student in June 2011. She worked in Climate Impacts on a project looking at "The Impacts of Geoengineering on Food and Water Security". Following this Katie undertook a Masters at the University of Exeter and worked with the Met Office and the university to extend her summer placement project as her dissertation. In September 2012 Katie accepted a position at the Met Office on their graduate programme and later joined Aviation Applications permanently.
Katie obtained an MSci in Mathematics (Climate Science) at the University of Exeter in 2012.
Last updated: 4 April 2014