Careers Talk - Science and Meterology

Senior School

Professor Robin Hogan from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts  and Department of Meteorology, Reading University gave an enthusiastic talk on his career in meteorology and the role of computer modelling in weather forecasting last week.  

The international nature of weather forecasting was emphasised as data is not only collected from satellites, but also from all commercial aircraft who transmit temperature and pressure readings on take-off  and landing. The pooled resources of 32 European countries has allowed ECMWF to possess Europe’s largest supercomputer  in Reading that creates models of 137 layers, 0.9 billion points and 2 million lines of code.

Prof Hogan specialises in measuring flows of radiation from the sun and modelling consequent cloud size which is a major determinant in global temperature. He encouraged those students interested in science to keep their options open by taking a core science undergraduate degree, such as maths or physics before specialising in an area such as meteorology.

He also urged the boys to do something useful and quoting Confucius, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work in your life"!

Mr P Kelly


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