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Expert in Meteorology and Climate

Expert ID: 727662 United Kingdom

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Expert is a recognised expert in the analysis of past weather events for the purpose of preparing expert evidence for use in Court and Arbitration hearings and to assist in the evaluation of the validity of insurance claims. He has been instructed by many of the leading law firms in London and is particularly well-known by those specialising in maritime litigation and arbitration. Expert is a Member of the Academy of Experts in the United Kingdom and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners in the USA.

During the first part of his career Expert worked as a weather forecaster. Initially, this work was with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology providing aviation and public weather forecasts. He then spent 10 years as a forecaster with Imcos Marine Ltd, a British company that specialised in providing weather forecasting services to the offshore oil and gas industries worldwide. Expert still provides bespoke weather forecasting for individual projects on an as required basis. The projects are very diverse, including oceanic transportation of oil rigs, major outdoor music events (e.g. a worldwide tour by Madonna) and filming of TV commercials.

Expert provides consultancy services to a range of industries where information on climate is required. These include the offshore oil and gas industries, the film industry and the insurance industry

He provided expert meteorological services to assist one of the parties involved in an insurance claim arising from storm damage during the construction of the tunnel/bridge complex linking Denmark and SwedenHe assisted solicitors acting for a cabin crew member making a claim against an airline after being seriously injured by sudden severe turbulence.He provided expert services in a case arising from a new roof covering on a sports hall being badly damaged by strong winds.He is currently providing expert services to one of the parties involved in the aftermath of the grounding of a large cargo ship.He provided an in-deoth analysis of the causes of a severe flooding event in Central Europe.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1961 Degree: No degree - None was required to enter weather forecasting when I was starting my career Subject: General schooling Institution: Ardrossan Academy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Partner Department: Responsibilities: He is the Managing Partner in a small consultancy established in 1996
Years: 1980 to 1996 Employer: Noble Denton Group Title: Managing Director Department: Noble Denton Weather Services Responsibilities: He was responsible to the Group Board for the running of the subsidiary, Noble Denton Weather Services. Also personally responsible for the provision of Forensic Meteorology services
Years: 1970 to 1980 Employer: IMCOS Marine Ltd Title: Weather Forecaster Department: Offshore Forecast Services Responsibilities: Weather forecasting for the offshore oil and gas industries worldwide. Last 2 years were spent in the London Hed Office in the post of Operations CoOrdinator
Years: 1967 to 1970 Employer: Australian Bureau of Meteorology Title: Weather Officer Department: Responsibilities: Weather forecasting for aviation and the general public
Years: 1961 to 1967 Employer: UK Meteorological Office Title: Scientific Assistant Department: Responsibilities: Weather observing (surface and upper air) and data processing. During this period he spent 3 years serving on board one of the North Atlantic Ocean Weather Ships

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Summary: Work is normally carried out in his own office but he is available to travel for meetings, depositions and Court hearings.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Royal Meteorological Society
American Meteorological Society
Royal Institute of Navigation
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Society for Underwater Technology
Professional Appointments
In his years with the Noble Denton Group he was Managing Director of Noble Denton Weather Services Ltd for 10 years and during the same period he was a Director of the main Group Board.
Awards / Recognition
Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Vice-President of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has presented more than 10 papers at conferences. In 1999 he was co-author, with W.J. Burroughs, of the book "Maritime Weather and Climate"

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has extensive experience since 1983 in the preparation of reports for use in Court and at Arbitration hearings. He has been instructed by many of the large law firms in the UK, particularly those specialising in maritime litigation and arbitration. He has testified in Court on a number of occasions both in the UK and in other parts of the world, including giving a deposition in Kansas City. He has a worldwide capability.
Training / Seminars
In recent years he has run several training days on the subject of "Hurricanes" for a number of UK-based companies and trade organisations involved in the long-haul holiday industry to areas of the world affected by hurricanes and typhoons. The purpose of the training was to give the staff a better understanding of what the various forecasts and warnings really meant. This would assist them in their decision making as to whether or not to evacuate resorts

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