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Rebecca Hemingway

Becky carries out research and development into the Hazard Impact Model as part of the Natural Hazard Partnership.

Areas of expertise

  • Weather impact modelling for the Hazard Impact Model
  • Impacts of wind on UK assets
  • Probabilistic and deterministic weather forecasting 
  • GIS visualisation

Current activities

Becky researches and develops the Hazard Impact Model (HIM), focusing on the impact of high winds on different assets around the UK. The HIM is part of the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP), which is a collaboration between a number of UK agencies. Becky works with these partners to better understand natural hazards and the risks they pose. The showcase model of the HIM is the Vehicle OverTurning (VOT) model, on which she is lead developer. This model uses wind gust data from the Met Office ensemble (MOGREPS), road vulnerability and exposure data to forecast the impact of high winds on the UK road network. Other wind impact models currently in development include the impact of wind on camping and caravanning and risk of damage to buildings.

Becky coordinates the Met Office Weather Science Seminar series, introducing talks that cover a wide range of Met Office research and development. External speakers are also invited to give seminars and Becky is responsible for liaising with these scientists to create a varied and exciting program of talks. She is also a STEM ambassador and is actively involved in several events throughout the year inspiring children to take an interest in science.

Career background

Becky joined the Met Office in 2012 on a summer placement in the Met Office Hadley Centre, working on paleomonsoons in HadGEM2. She then moved to the Weather Impacts team in October 2012 where she began working on the HIM.

Prior to joining the Met Office, Becky completed a MSci in Oceanography from the University of Southampton with a year abroad at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Her Masters dissertation title was: El Niño Southern Oscillation Observational Teleconnection Analysis and Comparison to the CHIME model.

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