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Dr Douglas Boyd

Douglas supports technical and scientific collaboration with the Unified Model.

Current activities

Douglas is a member of the Unified Model Partnership. The team facilitates effective collaboration aimed at developing the Unified Model with scientists from operational centres and universities around the world.

Collaborations currently exist with scientists in the UK, Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa. Activities include the development of

  • Unified Model physical parametrization schemes;
  • observation processing software;
  • ocean, sea-ice and land surface coupling;
  • use of new satellite data;
  • diagnostic studies and evaluation of model configurations; and
  • a joint seasonal forecasting system.

Douglas is responsible for supporting these research and development activities through day-to-day technical support and managing the provision of operational data and software. He maintains the Collaboration Wiki which facilitates communication amongst Unified Model users and he manages Met Office configurations of the Unified Model which support African National Meteorological Services.

In addition, Douglas is responsible for coordinating user workshops, training and receiving visiting scientists.

Career background

Before joining the Unified Model Partnership team, Douglas worked in Forecast model development and diagnostics, participating in the development of limited-area models and the creation of forecast products for utilities companies. He started his career in the Met Office as part of the Global Data Assimilation and Ensembles team, in which he explored methods for improving forecast initialisation.

Douglas' academic background is in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics.

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