Mike investigates scientific models and techniques related to space weather that help us forecast, and mitigate, the impact for activities and technology on Earth and in space.
Mike is involved in the coordination, development and implementation of space weather services within the Met Office. He is currently working on providing the European Space Agency with space weather forecasts, developing a roadmap for a future coupled Sun-to-Earth space weather forecasting system, and implementing forecasting models for solar energetic particle events.
The Met Office has successfully won a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide space weather forecast services within a new Heliospheric Expert Service Centre. Mike is involved with establishing the heliospheric forecast centre which will provide the latest real time satellite data on the current space weather conditions and solar wind model predictions, which will be used to support ESA's fleet of space missions.
Mike is involved in a UK Space Agency funded Sol-Terra project, tasked with developing a roadmap for a future coupled Sun-to-Earth operational space weather forecasting system. The Sol-Terra roadmap will assess the current global space weather modelling capability and knowledge gaps, covering space weather scientific domains from the solar origin, solar wind, heliosphere, solar energetic particles, magnetosphere, ionosphere, thermosphere and terrestrial atmosphere.
Mike joined the Met Office and the Space Weather Research team in April 2015. Previously Mike was part of the EU FP7 consortium COMESEP, which developed an operational alert system for Coronal Mass Ejections and Solar Energetic Particle events. Following his PhD, Mike was a NASA Post Doctoral Fellow within the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre working on observations and techniques for coronal seismology with magnetohydrodynamic waves.