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[Met-jobs] Met Office Convective Scale Data Assimilation Scientist

From "Macpherson, Bruce" <>
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Date Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:54:36 +0000

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Closing date: 8th September 2014

Based in Exeter, UK.


Background to the role:


The Data Assimilation and Ensembles (DAE) section of Weather Science undertakes research and development in observations processing, data assimilation and ensemble forecasting. The work of DAE has traditionally focussed on improving the quality of Met Office forecasts, especially of severe weather over the UK. In recent years the remit has expanded into data assimilation for climate science (e.g. reanalysis, climate model diagnosis) as well as local data assimilation focussed beyond the UK (e.g. S. E. Asia).


The Convective Scale Data Assimilation group deals with data assimilation development for convective scale models over the UK and elsewhere. The main focus is data assimilation for the 1.5km UKV model, aiming to improve forecasts of key weather elements such as rain, cloud, visibility, screen temperature and 10-metre wind. The group is responsible for any NWP configuration used within further research to prepare for operational NWP Nowcasting. The group is also responsible for assimilation developments in convective-scale models run for the Defence customer, and contributes expertise to the development and implementation of UM-based convective-scale data assimilation capabilities as part of Met Office international UM partnerships and the commercial growth agenda.


The postholder can expect to engage in a variety of convective scale data assimilation projects spanning a range of scientific and technical topics. A major example would be involvement in experiments to optimise the developing UK convective scale DA configuration for nowcasting, as part of a wider effort to prepare for operational NWP nowcasting. Testing of improvements to the observational input is another major aspect, whether coming from new observations or improved error characterisation and quality control. Where appropriate, the postholder will be encouraged to present their work in international conferences and in the peer-reviewed literature.



Bruce Macpherson    Convective-Scale Data Assimilation

Met Office   FitzRoy Road   Exeter   EX1 3PB   United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 885820   Fax: +44 (0)1392 885681



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