Dr Stuart Newman

Stuart is researching improvements to the way satellite observations from space are used in the Met Office's daily weather forecasts.

Current activities

Stuart is a Senior Scientist working on the assimilation of satellite observations into the Met Office's weather prediction model. In order to generate a forecast the model needs to be initialised with the best available information about the atmospheric state, and satellite data today make an important contribution to this.

Currently Stuart is working on a project to make use of AMSU-A microwave satellite observations for channels (wavelengths) which are sensitive to the land surface. In this way it is hoped to exploit more microwave observations in the daily weather forecast cycle.

Career background

Stuart joined the Met Research Flight at Farnborough in 1999. Prior to his career at the Met Office, Stuart completed a PhD at the University of Bristol in the field of spectroscopy and atmospheric chemistry. After the Met Office relocated to Exeter in 2003, Stuart spent ten years working in Observations Based Research. He was a lead scientist in several international airborne campaigns with the FAAM, including the JAIVEx in the United States (an international effort to establish the accuracy of the IASI satellite instrument) and the CAVIAR project investigating fundamental water vapour spectroscopy.

External recognition

  • Stuart and Fiona Smith shared the International TOVS Study Conference XVI prize for best poster in May 2008 for their work on identifying water vapour model biases from satellite observations.
  • In January 2009 Stuart received, jointly with Jonathan P. Taylor, the L. G. Groves Memorial Prize for Observations for their contributions to research from the JAIVEx campaign.
  • Stuart received a prize for best oral presentation at the 18th International TOVS Study Conference in March 2012 for remote sensing studies following the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption.
  • Stuart is currently an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Last updated: 8 April 2014

About

Areas of expertise:

  • Remote sensing instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy and continuum absorption
  • Radiative transfer simulations

  Publications by Stuart