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Live-streamed lecture: Ocean Prediction
Wed 19 April 2017, 12:30 – 13:30 BST
Ocean Prediction: developing and promoting marine products and services for national and public benefit
Live-stream of a Technical Lecture held at IMarEST HQ in London by Dr John Siddorn CMarSci FIMarEST, Head of the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development (OFRD) group, Met Office, UK.
The National Partnership for Ocean Prediction is a partnership of public entities with expertise and responsibilities for developing and delivering ocean predictions. The partnership includes the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the Met Office, the Centre for environment, fisheries and aquaculture science (Cefas) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). The focus is on developing and promoting the integration of models, observations and scientific understanding, and how these can be used to produce good quality information and advice about the marine environment. The partnership itself does not provide services, but facilitates the partners to develop these services, and helps them to be used as widely as possible and to the best effect. Setting priorities for research and observation collection is key to the success of ocean prediction services; Ocean Prediction has an important role in understanding and defining these priorities.
Ocean Prediction does the bulk of its work through Activity Groups, which provide the fora in which the work of the research community can be coordinated. They are also the route through which we can understand where the gaps in understanding, tools or observations lie. This informs our own priorities, as well as providing appropriate guidance for the observations community and others. The partnership provides a means of engaging with users so that they have a good understanding of the services we provide, and we have a good understanding of how we need to develop our services to meet their needs. As a partnership we look for funding to underpin the work needed to develop the services, and have a stronger, more coherent, voice than we do as individual groups.
About our speaker
John Siddorn is Head of the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development (OFRD) group and co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP).
As head of OFRD he has the responsibility for developing models and satellite analyses for short-range ocean monitoring and forecasting, and producing reanalyses for monitoring marine environment. The group develop systems to provide the Met Office's monitoring and prediction capability for surface waves, storm surges, ocean dynamics and biogeochemistry forecast as well as the OSTIA sea ice and sea surface temperature satellite based analysis. This includes the responsibility for developing the waves modelling and marine data assimilation capability that is also used more widely in the Met Office. Research on developing coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean-ice-biogeochemistry systems is being lead from the OFRD group, with the aim of developing regional and global coupled systems for Numerical Weather Prediction, Ocean Forecasting and Environmental Prediction.
John had science leadership roles in the Met Office Ocean Forecasting Research and Development area from 2007 until 2012, when he became lead of the Ocean Modelling Group, providing ocean model development based on NEMO for applications across the Met Office. He became Head of Ocean Forecasting in 2014.
Prior to taking on management responsibilities John worked as Coastal Ocean Modelling Scientist (July 2003 to May 2007), with responsibilities for preparing developments to the suite of marine models run for the North West European shelf. His research has primarily been the development of ocean models, with the most significant challenge being the development of NEMO from a model of good pedigree in open ocean applications to one that could be switched to being applied in regions requiring a tidal solution, with bottom boundary conditions suitable for shallow waters and time-split external and internal modes for computational efficiency. He has devised a method for specifying the stretching in terrain-following coordinates giving constant surface grid resolution irrespective of water depth using a smooth analytical function (Siddorn and Furner, 2013). These coordinates are now used in Met Office operational system and are the standard terrain-following coordinates provided by NEMO.
Prior to his career at the Met Office John worked for the Natural Environmental Research Council at Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a mathematical modeller in a biogeochemistry modelling team with the primary responsibility for implementing marine dynamical models and coupling them to ERSEM.
John was awarded his PhD by published works from Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences in 2016. He previously studied for an MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography (1997/8) at Bangor, where he was awarded the Darbyshire prize. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Marine Environmental Chemistry at the University of Southampton (1991-1994).
He is co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction, on the NOOS Steering Committee, a EuroGOOS Science Advisory Working Group member, on the Plymouth Marine Laboratory Science Advisory Committee and is on the GodaeOceanView (GOV) Patrons Group.
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