Graeme Anderson

Areas of expertise

  • Aviation
  • Meteorology
  • Lightning detection

Current activities

Graeme's main area of work is on research in meteorological impacts on aviation. Due to his expertise in meteorology and lightning detection, much of his work focusses on convection.

His current work includes development of automated processing to generate global charts of meteorological hazards to aviation. He also works on assessing new techniques for using global ensemble model data to give probabilistic forecasts of convection as part of the Met Office’s role as a World Area Forecast Centre (WAFC). Graeme leads on the science behind forecasts of the risk of triggered lightning to helicopters operating in the North Sea. He also works on automated detection of storm clouds and thunderstorms at or in the vicinity of airfields, for inclusion in automated METAR reports.

Career background

Graeme joined the Met Office in 2011 and completed the forecaster training course in the Met Office College, before switching into the Upper Air team in Observations Research and Development in early 2012. During that time, Graeme worked on the Met Office lightning locating network (ATDnet), on radiosondes (the instruments that are attached to weather balloons that are vital to observations of the atmosphere) and on the meteorological applications of data from global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs) such as GPS.

In 2015, Graeme switched into the Surface Sensors team Observations Research and Development, focussing primarily on meteorological and wave measurements from ships and buoys, along with land-based observations of the atmosphere, e.g. data from roadside visibility sensors.

Graeme moved to the Aviation Applications team in 2018.

Prior to joining the Met Office, he completed an MSc (with Distinction) in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading, and a BSc (1st) in Physics at the University of Edinburgh.


Publications by Graeme Anderson.