Richard works on maintaining and improving the Unified Model code.
Richard is a member of the Unified Model Technical Infrastructure, whose work includes improving and maintaining the Unified Model code. An important part of this work is reviewing additions to the Unified Model by other scientists to ensure they meet the required technical standards. Richard assists users in developing scientific content by advising on technical issues, particularly in the area of new parametrization schemes requiring new prognostic variables and diagnostic output.
Richard joined the Met Office in 1981, initially studying the angular momentum of the atmosphere, under Prof Raymond Hide. He spent 10 years developing a non-hydrostatic mesoscale model, programming on Cyber 205 and Cray supercomputers. Richard has been a member of the Unified Model System Team since 1993. He enjoyed a 5 year secondment to ECMWF, porting the Unified Model to Fujitsu and IBM supercomputers there, and running the Met Office contribution to the Demeter multi-model seasonal forecasting project. Prior to joining the Met Office he received a 1st Class BSc in Astronomy and Theoretical Physics from the University of St Andrews, but failed to complete a doctorate in stellar nucleosynthesis at the University of Oxford.