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Appointment of new Science Fellows

A number of Numerical Weather Prediction Models are run at the Met Office

November 2012 - The Met Office is delighted to announce the appointment of nine new Science Fellows, drawn from across Foundation, Weather and Climate Science, and representing a wide range of skills from underpinning research to cutting-edge computational science.

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of scientific and technical achievements that have contributed significantly to delivering Met Office objectives and that are recognised nationally and internationally as world-class. They enable those staff to continue to focus on their area of expertise, and the Fellows play an important role in fostering innovation and working with the Chief Scientist to develop and deliver the Met Office Science Strategy. A Science Fellow is equivalent to a Professorship and many of our Fellows already hold a Visiting Professor position at leading UK universities.

The new Science Fellows and their areas of expertise are:

  • Alberto Arribas: Operational monthly to seasonal prediction
  • Martin Best: Land surface modelling and land-atmosphere interactions
  • Paul Field: Cloud microphysics and aerosol interactions
  • Richard Jones: Regional climate modelling and impacts
  • Adrian Lock: Boundary layer meteorology
  • James Murphy: Quantifying uncertainty in climate prediction
  • Paul Selwood: Supercomputing and model optimisation and scalability
  • Doug Smith: Decadal climate variability and predictability
  • Simon Vosper: Boundary layer flows and gravity waves

Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, said 'I am delighted to make these appointments, which exemplify the excellence of our science, modelling and prediction activities across weather and climate. Along with the Deputy Directors and Strategic Heads, our Science Fellows play a critical role in the senior leadership of our Science Programme, ensuring that it continues to be world-class, and delivers ongoing advances in model performance and predictive skill across weather and climate.'

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