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The work of a Research Meteorologist ...
17 November 2017

Research Meteorologist, Eoin

Can you describe your area of work?

My work is primarily focused on improving the use of observations in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). Met Éireann is a member of the HIRLAM Consortium that develops the shared ALADIN-HIRLAM NWP system, our short-range weather forecast model. The quality of numerical weather forecasts depend on an accurate starting point, or analysis. The process that produces the analysis, called data assimilation, uses observations to produce the most likely state of the atmosphere at a given time. A typical day for me involves testing and developing the software that prepares all the observations used by our weather forecast model. This work is carried out in cooperation with colleagues in other European NWP centres. For the past few years I have also taken a lead role in producing Met Éireann’s high-resolution climate reanalysis dataset called MÉRA.

       

Figure: Observations available in (left) 1985 and (right) 2015

What other jobs have you previously done in the field of meteorology?

I started my career in meteorology with the Met Office (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/) as a Research Scientist. I carried out research on the atmospheric boundary layer, the thin turbulent layer nearest the earth’s surface. I worked with the Met Office for three years before joining Met Éireann.

What is your favourite part about your work?

The bulk of my work is carried out as part of a collaborative European project. I enjoy working with scientists from other European meteorological services on the constantly evolving use of science and technology in NWP.

What did you study to become a meteorologist?

I have B.A. (Mod) in Theoretical Physics and an M.Sc. in High Performance Computing.

 
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