Alan is a climate enquiry officer who works in the Central Climate Unit. Alan provides ad-hoc climate services to both internal and external customers.
Areas of expertise
Alan's areas of expertise include:
- Climate enquires for Defence, Aviation and overseas data requests.
- Main liaison point for some of the more technical ad-hoc enquires
- Basic Fortran and Visual Basic programming skills used for the manipulation of more complex data extractions.
Alan's work includes extraction of observations data and their analysis for general ad-hoc enquiries from a variety of sectors. He is involved in the more complex data requests which require programming skills in order to be able to manipulate the data into the form needed by the customer. Alan also performs routine product generation and delivery, notably MORECS and Degree day data.
Alan joined the Met Office in 1985, and spent his first 4 years in the observations quality control section, responsible for checking data and removing spurious observations. In 1989 he moved to the National Meteorological Centre where he worked as a support scientist until 1997. Alan then joined the Climate Services Unit (now renamed the Central Climate Unit) where he currently resides.