Dr Ray Mahdon
Ray leads in the assessment of the impact of ocean models on acoustic modelling systems and provides support, address requests (mainly TDAs, Tactical Decision Aids suite) and answer scientific requests from Defence customers.
Ray is currently looking at the impact ocean models have upon Royal Navy acoustic software and how Ocean Forecasting Research and Development models can be best used within an underwater battle space.
Ray also contributes to the Defence Technology Information Centre programme by complimenting existing TDAs with oceanographic processes and model data, where appropriate.
Ray has been a member of the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development group since his appointment at the Met Office in November 2005. Ray previously worked as a shelf seas modelling scientist where he was responsible for the maintenance and upgrading of the operational shelf seas model suites. Ray moved to the position of Ocean Modelling scientist within Applied Ocean Modelling Research, under Rosa Barciela, in November 2007, where he presently remains.
Ray previously gained his PhD in theoretical physics, more specifically 'Theoretical studies of clean and adsorbate covered low and high index semiconductor surfaces'. This broad area of research was under the supervision of Prof. G. P. Srivastava of the University of Exeter. Ray's research focused on the geometric and electronic structure of high index semiconductors and the reaction path of adsorbates upon semiconducting (001) surfaces. Ray has also worked on the passivating effects of hydrogen upon high index semiconducting surfaces. Ray completed his PhD between 2002 and 2004, with six peer reviewed published papers. Previous to his PhD, Ray completed his undergraduate masters degree at Exeter University where he gained a 2:1 in theoretical physics. His undergraduate research project was on 'Symmetry and Bands' where discrete group theory was used to interpret the electronic structure of semiconductors.
Ray currently represents the Met Office at the Underwater Sound Forum, a wide ranging group of stakeholders in all aspects of underwater sound.