Mike is a climate information scientist within the National Climate Information Centre (NCIC). Mike produces, analyses and presents information about the UK climate.
Areas of expertise:
UK weather and climate.
Climate data analysis.
Geographical information systems (GIS) and gridding.
Hydrology and hydrometeorology.
Presentation of climate data.
Mike's primary role within the NCIC is the production of UK climate information and statistics, both internally and externally (as part of the Met Office Public Weather Service) to agreed schedules.
Examples of routine monthly, seasonal and annual summaries for the UK and its constituent regions which are produced may be found on the Met Office website at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/climate.html. These summaries are based on gridded datasets developed from observed data using GIS analysis techniques. Mike routinely updates these datasets to keep this UK climate grid archive up to date, including basic Quality Control of these data.
Mike also analyses noteworthy weather affecting the UK (such as floods, gales and heatwaves). These are studied and placed into historical context. Recent examples include the Cumbrian floods of November 2009, and the snow and low temperatures of Winter 2009/2010, at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting.
Internal colleagues who make use of this information include the Press Office, Operations Centre, BBC Weather Centre and Climate Research. External customers include the Environment Agency, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, the Office for National Statistics and the Royal Meteorological Society.
Mike also answers routine enquiries received by the NCIC.
Mike has been working for the NCIC since joining the Met Office in April 2009. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years as a hydrologist at Halcrow, primarily working on hydrological assessments for flood risk management and water resource studies for the Environment Agency.
In 2004, Mike re-trained as a hydrologist, taking an MSc in Hydrology for Environmental Management from Imperial College, London (with distinction).
Mike originally graduated with a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University in 1996,and has spent several years in the construction industry, working as an engineer both on site and in the design office.
Mike's particular interest is in mountain weather and climate.