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Dr Caroline Bain

Caroline works on evaluating and improving the Climate and Operational Model over Africa and develops new diagnostics for assessing model processes

Current activities

Caroline's primary work is to assess local to large scale processes over Africa in both the Climate and Operational Forecast versions of the Unified Model. She develops new diagnostic techniques to evaluate physical processes within the model and reanalysis data. Her work contributes to underpinning scientific research specifically aimed at improving seasonal rainfall and climate predictions for Africa.

Caroline's particular focus is to work on the evaluation and improvement of key African local phenomena (e.g. the West African Monsoon, African Easterly Waves, Saharan Heat Low, Central and East African thunderstorms) in Met Office models. Her work is part of the Climate Science Research Partnership (CSRP) between the UK Department for International Development and the Met Office.

Career background

Caroline joined the Met Office in August 2010 as part of the Model Evaluation (MED) Team. Prior to this she was based at the University of California, Irvine, as a postdoctorate researcher creating and implementing algorithms to identify the Intertropical Convergence Zone in the Pacific. Before this, she completed a PhD in West African weather at the University of Leeds and was highly involved in the AMMA field campaign. She has a degree in Meteorology from the University of Reading and has also worked in ocean modelling.

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