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Cameron Saint

Areas of expertise

  • Satellite imagery.
  • Volcanic cloud detection and retrieval.

Current activities

Cameron's work aims to enhance the use of existing and new satellite radiance observations to improve the tracking of hazardous volcanic clouds. Volcanic clouds are hazardous to aircraft and satellites are an important tool in tracking the plume following an eruption.

The SEVIRI instrument has flown on the EUMETSAT Meteosat Second Generation series of satellites since 2004, allowing geostationary images of the Earth's disc to be collected every 15 minutes, in both the solar and infrared spectral regions. These observations contain valuable information which is allowing the development of value-added products which are used as a visual aid to forecasters and to provide quantitative information.

Many other satellite instruments are used to track volcanic plumes such as MODIS, AVHRR, IASI, AIRS, AHI and ABI. Cameron's work aims at developing the use of these sensors to improve the information available to the London Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC).

Career background

Cameron has been working in the Satellite Applications group since autumn 2019. Before joining the Met Office, he studied at the University of Oxford and gained an MPhys in Physics. His integrated Master's was focused on Astrophysics and the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans.