Sarah Millington

Sarah's research aims to deliver accurate satellite-derived sea surface temperature measurements to climate research scientists.

Sarah's areas of expertise include:

  • satellite imagery
  • sea surface temperature retrieval

Current activities

Sarah's work aims to provide accurate SST measurements retrieved from satellite data to climate research scientists in the Met Office Hadley Centre. Sarah maintains the routine delivery of SSTs derived from AATSR on a daily basis. Alongside this, Sarah carries out research into improvements in the processing of the SST data. Sarah also uses AVHRR data to derive SSTs. These data extend the time series of satellite-derived SSTs back to the early 1980s.

The 30 years of satellite measured SSTs are key data for HadISST, a global sea-ice and sea surface temperature data-set. Temperature fields from HadISST are used by the Met Office Hadley Centre and other climate modelling groups to provide lower boundary ocean conditions to atmosphere-only climate model runs. 

Career background

Sarah worked in the Met Office's Satellite Applications group from 1998 to 2005. Her work involved research and development of satellite image products using primarily MSG data. Sarah's work focused on retrieving information about clouds, and identifying volcanic ash and desert dust clouds.

Between 2005 and 2009 Sarah worked on developing defence products to aid military operations in the Customer Applications team. The main areas of Sarah's work were the use of NWP data for radar propagation prediction and the development of a tool to forecast night-time light levels to aid the use of night-vision goggles.

Since 2009 Sarah has returned to the Satellite Applications group to work on the provision of sea surface temperature data to climate research.

Prior to starting work at the Met Office, Sarah gained a degree in Physics at Nottingham University, and since starting work has gained a MSc degree in Meteorology from Reading University.

Last updated: 8 April 2014