Dr Simon J. Keogh

Areas of expertise

  • Satellite imagery

  • Ocean wind scatterometers

  • Sea surface temperature radiometers

  • HF radar

  • NWP assimilation trials

  • ITIL Service Management

Current activities

Simon's current work includes:

  • Leading and managing a team of scientists and scientific software engineers;

  • Managing the development of systems for producing Earth Observation products from geostationary and polar orbiting satellites;

  • Liaison with international satellite data providers;

  • Leading our preparation for Meteosat Third Generation and other forthcoming satellites.

Career background

Before joining the Met Office Simon gained a BSc(Hons) in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leeds and then a PhD at the University of Southampton (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton), in the use of marine radiometers for the correction of satellite sea surface temperatures.

Simon began his Met Office career in 1999 after joining the Observations Development  area as a support scientist focused on improving our marine and land surface observing networks. From 2003 Simon spent five years working as the ocean wind scatterometer scientist in the Satellite Applications branch. His most recent achievements in that area were the introduction of the MetOp-ASCAT and WindSat scatterometers into our Numerical Weather Prediction data assimilation system. In 2008 Simon joined the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development area, to take part in the MyOcean EC project. Throughout his career he has been an enthusiastic member of the Institute of Physics.

External recognition

  • May 2013 onwards: Simon is a core member of the United Nations WMO Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (IPET-SUP)
  • Sep 2011 onwards: Simon currently represents the UK at the EUMETSAT Operations Working Group
  • Sep 2008 - Jun 2011: Simon led the Service Management Work Package in the EC FP7 project "MyOcean" and was a member of the MyOcean Executive Committee.
  • Jan 2006 - Aug 2008: Simon represented the Met Office on the EUMETSAT ASCAT Science Advisory Group.