Graeme works on the development of the Met Office land and sea surface weather observation capabilities.
Graeme's main area of work is on the development of land- and sea-surface weather observation capabilities. This work involves analysing observational data and calculating statistics, and coordinating work with users of the data. Graeme spends a large portion of his time looking at meteorological and oceanographic observations made at sea by instruments on buoys or ships. Winds over the sea drive waves, which can impact on coastal areas or structures at sea, and so wave observations are of vital importance for monitoring conditions and verifying wave forecasting models. Temperature, pressure and wind sensors on a network of buoys and lightvessels in the waters surrounding the UK can also be used to track the progress of weather systems that may impact upon the British Isles. Graeme works on analysing and quality checking existing data and carrying out comparisons with other data sets, and on testing new instruments and technologies.
Graeme has also worked 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 application of data from global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs) such as GPS for meteorological observations.
Graeme joined the Met Office in 2011 and completed the forecaster training course in the Met Office College, before switching into Observations Research and Development in early 2012. Prior to joining the Met Office, he completed an MSc in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading, and a BSc in Physics at the University of Edinburgh.