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Dr Piers Buchanan

Piers develops post-processing systems and products for high impact weather

Areas of expertise:

  • Post-processing of gridded ensemble outputs for high impact weather
  • Probabilistic forecasts of hazardous weather for aviation
  • Ensemble forecast applications
  • Tracking of tropical cyclones using ensemble forecast data

Current activities

Piers is a senior scientist working in the gridded Post-Processing team. He develops weather forecast products from 1 to 15 days using Met Office, ECMWF and NCEP ensemble model data. Current activities include:

  • Research and development of products for probabilistic aviation hazard forecasts
  • Development of operational forecast products for making use of the Met Office convection permitting ensemble,  The Met Office ensemble system (MOGREPS)
  • Tropical cyclones tracking forecast products out to 15 days using multiple ensemble forecast models
  • Products for forecasting severe weather globally including diagnosing severe convection

Career background

Piers joined the Met Office in 2004 where he initially worked in the mesoscale model development and diagnostics team. Here he worked on various projects including the beginnings of the AQUM, air quality forecasts in the Weather forecasting project, before joining the ensembles group in 2007. Since 2012, he works as part of the gridded Post-Processing team. Prior to working at the Met Office, Piers worked for 7 years as a post doctoral and post graduate research scientist at the chemistry department, King's College London, the ISIS neutron facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the physics department, Bristol University where he gained his PhD. He has 10 refereed publications in the area of neutron and X-ray diffraction studies of disordered materials. As an undergraduate, he studied for 4 years, also at Bristol, attaining an MSci qualification in physics.

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