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Dr Keir Bovis

Keir is the Unified Model (UM) Partner Technical Infrastructure Development Programme Manager and manages the cross-institution Technical Infrastructure Development Programme for UM partners.

Areas of expertise:

  • Unified Model ancillary fields
  • Modelling of surface fields within Met Office NWP models
  • Providing support to Met Office NWP operational staff and Met Office external collaborators

Current activities

  • Manage the work of a distributed team of scientific software engineers following work plans that form the basis of a coordinated programme of technical infrastructure development with UM partners. The coordinated programme involves around 12 FTE of development and support effort to achieve goals defined by the UM partners.
  • The UM Partner Technical Infrastructure Development Programme focuses on developments to resolve the priority weaknesses of the UM Infrastructure rather than ongoing maintenance. The medium term goal being a more streamlined system which is more flexible, easier to use and easier to adopt for both Research and Production requirements. Key activities were identified at the UM User Workshop 2012 and reviewed during the UM User Workshop 2013 feeding into the creation of a Programme Theme Plan aligned to these activities. As the partnership matures and the immediate priorities are addressed, the longer term goals to renew the UM will become a focus.

Career background

  • In his previous role, Keir worked in Data Assimilation and Ensembles undertaking research to improve the land-surface data assimilation capability in Met Office NWP models.
  • Keir was responsible for developing an observation targeting capability at the Met Office as part of the THORPEX project. He participated in field campaigns such as GFDEXEURORISK Preview Data Targeting System and the European THORPEX Regional Campaign of 2007.
  • Prior to joining the Met Office, Keir completed a PhD in medical imaging at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences within the University of Exeter, where he also received his masters degree.

External recognition

  • Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS)

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