Nick uses the Met Office Unified Model to forecast regional air quality.
Areas of expertise
Nick works to further develop the AQUM configuration of the MetUM, to improve its ability to forecast air pollution in the UK, investigate the impacts of pollution on the weather and help support the consolidation of developments to the chemistry and aerosols module (UKCA).
Nick did a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia from 1994 to 1997 on the atmospheric chemistry of nitrogen and sulphur compounds in the North Sea area.
He then worked for two years at the University of Birmingham on nanoparticle formation in the atmosphere, followed by six years working at the University of Cambridge on global chemistry-transport modelling of tropospheric chemistry.
On starting at the Met Office in 2006, Nick initially worked on the medium range weather forecasting ensemble MOGREPS-15. However since then, he has been a member of the team which has developed a limited area version of the Unified Model and the UKCA chemistry scheme to forecast air quality over the United Kingdom.