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James Cotton

Areas of expertise

  • Scatterometer ocean surface wind vectors.

  • Satellite-derived atmospheric motion vectors (AMVs).

Publications by James

Current activities

James' research aims to enhance the use of satellite-derived wind data in the weather forecasting process. Ocean surface winds from scatterometers such as ASCAT on-board the Metop series of satellites are one particular area of research. James also works on the assimilation of wind observations derived by tracking tracers (clouds or areas of water vapour) through successive satellite images.

James is responsible for developing and maintaining the scatterometer and AMV monitoring reports for the NWP SAF.

Career background

James joined the Met Office in 2008 after graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Exeter.