Emma is a scientific consultant working on the provision and improvement of low adhesion forecasts for the rail industry, as well as weather and climate consultancy projects for other industry sectors.
Areas of expertise
- Forecast verfication
Emma works with the rail industry to provide low adhesion and leaf fall risk forecasts to the rail sector, as well as participating in ongoing research into the relationship between these risk metrics and safety/performance incidents. Recent work has focussed on the relationship between Wheel Slip activations and meteorological and environmental variables, and the potential to incorporate high-resolution industry data into adhesion forecasts.
Emma is also working on the SECLI-FIRM (H2020 EU) project, investigating the added value seasonal information and long-range forecasts may provide for integrated risk management, with a particular focus on the energy and water industries. In particular, she is working on the verification of seasonal forecast output for industry decision making.
Emma graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class BA in Geography, specialising in climate science in her final year. She then went on to study a Master’s in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading where she wrote her dissertation on the influence of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation on the intensity and frequency of North Atlantic wind storms in partnership with a weather risk company. After graduating, Emma joined this company where she spent a year delivering operational forecasts to insurance clients as well as developing statistical models relating weather data to insurance claims, before joining the Met Office in 2019.