Jess works in the International Climate Services team to enhance the understanding and uptake of climate information for adaptation planning and capacity development.
Areas of expertise
- Climate services for capacity development
- Tropical seasonal variability and predictability
- Applied meteorology and consultancy
- Science communication and outreach
- Data analysis
Jess is an Applied Scientist and qualified Meteorologist. She works to improve the intrepretation of future climate information so it can be used more effectively in building resilience to climate variability and extremes, mainly in developing countries.
Her current focus is on seasonal variability of climate in the tropics. On the ARRCC project, she collaborates with international organisations to enhance capabilities in the South Asia region. This includes delivering training on seasonal forecasting to meteorologists, so they can translate model output into clear messages for decision makers. Jess is also contributing to the production of a series of videos to explain the fundamentals behind seasonal forecasting and how they can add value to long-term planning.
As an active STEM Ambassador, Jess takes part in events to promote the Met Office and science subjects to young people. She demonstrates how science can be fun and that scientists do not always conform to the typical stereotypes!
After studying mathematics at the University of Exeter, Jess went on to work as a Risk Data Analyst at AXA Insurance. Here, she developed programming and statistical modelling skills by making changes to pricing models and analysing their impact.
With a passion for science and the natural world, Jess was thrilled to secure a job at the Met Office in 2013. Initially she trained to become an Operational Meteorologist and worked in various UK and overseas locations for 5 years. By using her knowledge of theoretical meteorology, she communicated information from numerical weather models and observations into guidance for decision makers in a range of sectors, including aviation, defence and energy.