Dr Robert Tubbs

Robert works on assimilating satellite radiance data and satellite-derived cloud information into convective-scale NWP models.

Current activities

Robert is currently involved in the assimilation of infrared observations and satellite-derived cloud information from METEOSAT's SEVIRI instruments into high-resolution NWP models, including the 1.5km-resolution UKV model. This work is primarily aimed towards better representation of convective clouds in the model, for both short-range forecasts and nowcasting.

Robert also develops systems for visual monitoring of convective-scale NWP output, in particular through comparison with infrared satellite observations.

Since July 2008 Robert has also assisted with the website of the NWP SAF, a joint venture between EUMETSAT, the Met Office, ECMWF, KNMI and Météo-France.

Career background

Robert has worked for the Met Office since January 2008. Prior to joining the Met Office, Robert completed a physics MSci degree at the University of Cambridge, and then worked as a metrologist studying laser pulse duration and standards for fibre-optic communication at the National Physical Laboratory (UK). In 2003 Robert completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge studying the effects of turbulent mixing in the troposphere on optical propagation and imaging, followed by four related postdoctoral fellowship positions supported by respectively: the University of Leiden; the European Commission's Marie Curie programme; Arcetri Observatory; and the Max Planck Gesellschaft.

Since joining the Met Office in 2008, Robert has focused on the use in NWP of infrared radiances from geostationary satellites. This work has included measurement and modelling of the optical properties of METEOSAT's SEVIRI instrument.

Last updated: 30 April 2014

About Robert Tubbs

Dr Robert Tubbs

Robert works on assimilating satellite radiance data and satellite-derived cloud information into convective-scale NWP models.

Areas of expertise

  • Fourier optics and optical measurements of turbulent mixing
  • Assimilation of satellite-derived cloud information
  • Assimilation of infra-red radiance observations
  • Monitoring and comparison against satellite data of gridded output from NWP systems

Robert's publications