Dr Tyrone Dunbar

Area of expertise

  • Climate service development

  • Decadal predictions of extreme UK weather events

  • Boundary-layer dynamics

Tyrone's ORCID iD

Current Activities

Tyrone is working on a number of projects based around developing climate services. He is currently co-lead of Work Package 5 of the Newton Fund Climate Science for Services Partnership China (CSSP China), which is focussed on developing climate services on energy, food, agriculture, urban areas and water resources. He is part of the project coordination team for Climateurope and is contributing to the development of the National Framework for Climate Services in the UK, through the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) UK Climate Resilience programme.

 He is also carrying out research into the likelihood of extreme winter temperatures in the UK using decadal prediction hindcasts (using the UNSEEN methodology), as part of the H2020 SECLI-FIRM project. This research will be used for decision making in the UK's National Grid and is feeding into research on the emergence of crop pests across the UK for Defra.

Career Background

Before joining the Met Office in 2011, Tyrone gained a PhD in atmospheric science from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. The title of his thesis was An optimal inverse method using Doppler lidar measurements to estimate the surface sensible heat flux.

When he joined the Met Office he immediately went on secondment to work within UK government departments (DECC, then BEIS, and Defra) to provide technical scientific advice on climate change. As part of this role, he was involved in the UK government delegation for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, as well as the teams working on the UK's Climate Change Risk Assessment and the National Adaptation Programme. He provided briefings on developments in climate science to policy-makers across government, as well as helping ministers prepare for debates in parliament and in select committees. He also successfully ran a series of teaching seminars on basic climate science and the role of evidence in climate policy.

He returned to Met Office HQ in Exeter in 2017 to take up a position as the Private Secretary to the Met Office Chief Scientist. In this role he assisted the Chief Scientist in running the Science Programme at the Met Office, which consists of approx. 550 scientists. He was heavily involved communication of the scientific research carried out at the Met Office, in particular leading the Science Communications Group and the team which ran the Met Office science twitter account, @MetOffice_Sci. He was responsible for the Met Office Science Advisory Committee meetings, and played a leading role in developing the Met Office's Research and Innovation Strategy 2020-30.

 He has been in his current role since January 2020.