The scientific consultancy team at the Met Office

Katie Chowienczyk

Area of expertise

  • Utilities
  • Predictive analytics
  • Weather sensitivity analysis
  • Seasonal forecasting

Current activities

  • Working with customers to integrate weather intelligence into their operations
  • Leading case studies in the SECLI-FIRM (H2020 EU) project to deliver seasonal forecasting capabilities to the water and energy industry.
  • Developing statistical models relating water demand and weather data used to quantify uplift in water resource management plans and help customers in peak demand periods.
  • Coordinating demand user group meetings. The meetings provide a forum for water companies to exchange knowledge and expertise and shape the direction of research and development in weather derived demand forecasting.

Career background

Katie has been a Senior Scientific Consultant for the water sector since November 2018.

Before this Katie was a member of the weather analytics team leading the development of statistical models relating impacts of the weather on the water sector, including demand and leakage. The demand model currently forms a key component of several UK water resource management plans, enabling key risk management and infrastructure decisions to be taken. The model is becoming the industry standard used to forecast demand within water company operation centres.

Katie joined the Met Office in 2014 after graduating with a first-class degree in Physics from Bristol University. Katie is passionate about renewable energy winning an Institute of Physics bursary to fund her work as a summer intern at Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN). In this role Katie was project leader of WREN’s Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) scheme and helped launch the UK's first energy backed local currency (The Wren) to promote the scheme.