Professor Stephen Belcher became Met Office Chief Scientist in December 2016.
Stephen obtained his PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and has subsequently published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. Having completed his PhD he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. In 1994 he moved to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he served as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences between 2007 and 2010. In 2010 he became the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems. This role gave him a taster of working closely with the Met Office, and in 2012 he joined the Met Office as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.
Met Office Chief Scientist
The Chief Scientist is responsible for:
- providing scientific and technical strategy
- ensuring the organisation follows good scientific and technical standards
- directing and managing research and development within the Met Office
- representing the office, on science and technology, across government