An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Dr Chris Vernon

Areas of expertise

  • Weather radar
  • Interference monitoring in radar observations
  • Remote sensing
  • Glaciology
  • Radio spectrum management

Current activities

Calibration of a weather radar observation error model in order to generate ensembles of radar observations for the Short Term Ensemble Prediction System (STEPS) operational rainfall nowcaster.

Previously Chris implemented a long term RF interference monitoring scheme for the Met Office weather radar network as part of Safeguarding activities.

Career background

Chris joined the Observations Research and Development team in October 2013. Prior to joining the Met Office he completed a PhD in glaciology focusing on the surface mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet using regional climate model output and remote sensing, and an MSc in Earth System Science, both at the University of Bristol. Before this second period at university he spent ten years in the mobile telecoms industry working on radio network design, architecture, network strategy, off-grid power in emerging markets and spectrum management. Chris also holds an MPhys in Computational Physics.