Niall Robinson

I’m Met Office Informatics Lab’s Deputy Head and one of its resident scientists. Currently, “doing science” involves lots of stuff that isn’t science - moving data about in batch jobs, writing thousands of lines of code, reading piles of academic papers. I think Lab can let everyone get closer to what science is really about: understanding what’s going on. I’ve always been passionate about communicating science in a way that makes people want to listen (at least, that’s the goal).

So far my career has taken me all over the place. For my PhD I had to negotiate leeches and elephants whilst living deep in the Borneo rain forest for three months. This was all to find out more about how clouds are made, and how that might change if we cut the rain forest down. I’ve also done work (feeling rather travel sick) racing 50 feet above the ocean in the UK’s FAAM research aircraft. Since then I’ve worked at the Met Office researching the cutting edge field of Seasonal to Decadal climate modelling, before joining the Lab in 2015.

Articles by Niall Robinson

Mar 15, 2017 - Developing big data tools with the US DoD
Sep 12, 2016 - Give Jade a Try
Jun 30, 2016 - Cracking Clojure with Enigma
Apr 11, 2016 - A Modern Approach to Data Compression
Apr 7, 2016 - Talk to the weather
Feb 19, 2016 - Decisions, decisions, decisions
Feb 19, 2016 - Alexa, when should I go for a run?
Jan 15, 2016 - Kaleiding with Exeter
Nov 27, 2015 - Project One: A Retrospective
Oct 15, 2015 - Students: Join Us!
Oct 5, 2015 - Bending video codecs to our will
Jul 16, 2015 - 3D weather: an update
May 21, 2015 - I'm flying without wings
May 19, 2015 - Going live!
Mar 24, 2015 - I've spent all week pretending to be a beam of light