An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Satellite and surface assimilation scientists and scientific software engineers

  • Dr Chiara Piccolo

    Chiara leads and manages the Satellite and Surface Assimilation team.

  • Dr Neill Bowler

    Neill is a scientist working on the use of GNSS radio-occultation observations in weather forecasting.

  • Brett Candy

    Brett's research is aimed at improving Met Office forecasts through better use of land surface data.

  • Dr Fabien Carminati

    Fabien is the manager of the NWP Satellite Applications Facility.

  • Joshua Colclough

    Joshua is a Foundation Scientific Software Engineer working on code that links the data assimilation system to the numerical weather prediction model.

  • Dr Michael Cooke

    Mike's research is aimed at improving satellite image data processing, interpretation and assimilation capabilities at the Met Office.

  • James Cotton

    James is a research scientist working on scatterometer winds and Atmospheric Motion Vectors.

  • Dr Mary Forsythe

    Mary's role is to lead and manage the Satellite Winds and Active Sensing Group.

  • Gemma Halloran (nee Bennitt)

    Gemma is a research scientist working on the use of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Water Vapour and space-based Doppler Wind Lidar observations in NWP (Numerical Weather Prediction).

  • Dr Chawn Harlow

    Chawn manages the Satellite Radiance Assimilation Group which is responsible for processing the satellite radiance data which is assimilated into the Met Office NWP System.

  • Dr Lee Hawkness-Smith

    Lee works in the Assimilation of Surface-based Observations Group based at [email protected]

  • James Hocking

    James works on the development of fast radiative transfer models.

  • Graeme Kelly

    Graeme works on Variational Analysis with a particular interest in the use of satellite data.

  • Dr Heather Lawrence

    Heather works on improving the assimilation of atmospheric dust observations in the Met Office NWP system.

  • Dr Tsz Yan Leung

    Tsz Yan focusses on ensemble aspects of the Met Office's next-generation data assimilation system in development.

  • Dr Peter Levens

    Peter currently works on the satellite-based (and ground-based) cloud products that are assimilated into the UK area model, UKV.

  • Owen Lewis

    Owen works on the use of Ground-based Global Navigation Satellite System and Radio Occultation data in Numerical Weather Prediction.

  • Dr Adam Martins

    Adam maintains and develops DAE systems code.

  • Dr Stefano Migliorini

    Stefano’s research is focused on improving the assimilation of moisture-sensitive observations to increase the yield of satellite observations affected by cloud.

  • Dr Stuart Newman

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

  • Dr Tim Payne

    Tim is a research scientist working on mathematical methods in data assimilation.

  • Dr Yaswant Pradhan

    Yaswant's research is aimed at improving satellite image data processing, interpretation and assimilation capabilities at the Met Office.

  • Dr Samantha Pullen

    Samantha is the manager of the Data Assimilation Methods group, and also carries out work aimed at assimilating information about the land surface, derived from satellites, into the Met Office's Numerical Weather Prediction system.

  • Rick Rawlins

    Rick manages a project to develop an atmosphere-ocean coupled model leading to implementation that will replace the current atmosphere-only Met Office operational global model.

  • Dr David Rundle

    David works on improving the performance and functionality of the fast radiative transfer model, RTTOV.

  • Dr David Simonin

    David's current work focuses on the assimilation of radar derived refractivity change observations in high-resolution convective-scale NWP models. He works in the Data Assimilation @ Reading Group based at [email protected] Unit at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.

  • Dr Ruth Taylor

    Ruth works on improving satellite image data assimilation capabilities at the Met Office.

  • Dr Christopher Thomas

    Chris works on improving  the assimilation of surfaced based observations. He works in the Data Assimilation @ Reading Group based at [email protected] Unit at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.

  • Dr Emma Turner

    Emma works on the development of radiative transfer codes to simulate satellite observations.

  • Dr Joanne Waller

    Jo works on improving the assimilation of surfaced based observations. She works in the Data Assimilation @ Reading Group based at [email protected] Unit at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.