Matthew applies meteorological and climate expertise to a range of weather-related problems through consultancy.
Matthew has recently carried out a range of studies to support the nuclear energy sector in understanding the risks posed to their operations by extreme weather such as strong winds, snow loading on roofs and ice loading on cables. He used data from the Met Office databases and archives, combined with his skills in extreme value analysis, to estimate values for a range of return periods. He has also carried out a study of extremes of temperature and solar radiation experienced on major UK transport routes.
Matthew has been involved with developing a 'local climatology tool' to apply high resolution numerical modelling techniques to major consultancy problems worldwide. He has completed a pilot study of the tool which focused on the wind climatology over an area of the UK with complex topography. Matthew was involved in applying these high resolution modelling techniques to assessing the impact of a major engineering development in West Africa. He has also recently carried out a climate review and data analysis for another part of West Africa.
Other projects have included developing methods for filling gaps in station data series for gas demand modelling, and modelling the relationship between river water turbidity and heavy rainfall events.
Matthew started working at the Met Office in 2001 as a climatologist, working on developing and applying methods for the analysis of UK climatological data. This included spatial analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and analysis of trends and variability over time.
Before joining the Met Office, Matthew worked as a data analyst at the National Grid and at the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Matthew obtained a BSc in Geography and Geology at Keele University in 1996, followed by an MSc in Environmental Statistics and Systems from Lancaster University.
Last updated: 4 November 2013