Going forward what do you anticipate the new opportunities are likely to be in your group?
I think there are clearly opportunities in Earth Observation and that will express itself in a myriad of niche applications. It’s up to us to find the ones that work and that we can add value to. There are also lots of opportunities in numerical environmental modelling, the technology behind environmental modelling and how it’s applied in practice. Each discipline of environmental modelling has slightly different issues. If you are a meteorologist you are modelling very large areas with a lot of data, so your issues will be around getting the models to run on time. Some of our models here will run on a laptop in an hour, so the issues are different. The move towards standardisation and harmonisation is going to make a huge impact, but it’s something that is fraught with potential problems – what I am interested in is coming up with sensible solutions.