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Dr Marco Milan

Marco works in the convective scale data assimilation group at MetOffice.

Marco works in the convective scale data assimilation group at MetOffice.

Current activities

Marco works implementing hourly cycling 4DVAR as operational data assimilation system for the UKV. In particular he is testing a digital filter as a weak constraint and observation data cut-off times. He will also work on assimilation for visibility (fog) forecasting for Heathrow airport.

Career Background

Marco gained a master degree in Applied Physics at the University of Padua in 2002. The title of his thesis is "Application of a non hydrostatic meteorological model at an extreme rainy event".


From 2002 to 2004 he worked at Arpae Emilia Romagna, where his main activity was programming in IDL for radar data visualisation and writing reports about radar data quality and meteorological events.


From July 2004 until January 2010 he gained his PhD in Meteorology at the University of Bonn. The title of his thesis is: "Physical initialisation of precipitation in a mesoscale numerical weather forecast model". Between 2010 and July 2011 he continued his post-doctoral research with the University of Bonn. He was involved in two projects; the first one, in collaboration with ESA, was in the framework of DAME, the second one was about the development of a sequential assimilation method for ensemble prediction systems based on particle filters. During this time he was also co-supervisor of data assimilation seminars and laboratory courses.


In July 2011 he moved to the Meteorological Institute of the University of Vienna, where he continued post-doctoral research in collaboration with ECMWF on reanalysis of meteorological data, particularly homogenization of radiosonde temperature data using a variational approach (VarBC).  During his collaboration with the University of Vienna he was supervisor of "Exercise for statistic in meteorology" and "Exercise for programming in meteorology".


In 2015 he joined MetOffice to work in the Convective Scale Data Assimilation group.

Last updated: Feb 25, 2016 9:07 AM