Simon Flower

Skills Leader for Information Systems and Infrastructure Staff

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 650 0238

E-mail Simon Flower


  • 2009–present: Skills leader
  • 2000–2009: Senior manager for BGS geophysical data
  • 2003–2009: Head of engineering for geomagnetism and seismology
  • 2003: Award of Chartered Engineer
  • 1990–2003: Engineer for geomagnetism and seismology
  • 1988–1990: Commercial research into autonomous mobile robots
  • 1986–1988: Support programmer for NERC computer service
  • 1982–1986: BSc in Electronic Physics, London University

Research interests

  • Human interface design
  • Remote sensing
  • Resilient systems
  • Web based data collection and delivery


  • Real-time software development
  • Geomagnetic operations
  • Computer infrastructure design
  • Information management
  • People and change management
  • Management of international collaborations

Current projects and collaboration

  • Career management and deployment to projects of IT staff
  • Installation of a geomagnetic observatory on South Georgia (with British Antarctic Survey)
  • Upgrade of INTERMAGNET’s data dissemination infrastructure

Professional association

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Information Technology Practitioner
  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Chair of the INTERMAGNET sub-committee on data exchange

Key Papers

CW TURBITT, SM FLOWER, JC RIDDICK. The United Kingdom geomagnetic observatory network – disseminating one-second data in near real-time. Poster presentation at the 23rd General Assembly of the Internation Union of Geophysics and Geodesy, 2003

S REAY, CW TURBITT, SM FLOWER, JC RIDDICK, E CLARKE. Results from the BGS south atlantic observatories: Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands. Poster presentation at the 23rd General Assembly of the Internation Union of Geophysics and Geodesy, 2003.

V. LESUR, T. CLARK, C. TURBITT AND S. FLOWER. A technique for estimating the vector magnetic field from a marine vessel. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, volume 1, issue 2, pages 109 – 115

A M O’MONGÁIN, B J BAPTIE, D C BOOTH, S M FLOWER, G D FORD, DD GALLOWAY, L OTTEMÖLLER, B A SIMPSON. Seismic activity in the region of Tristan da Cunha, October 2004 – February 2005 British Geological Survey COMMISSIONED REPORT CR/05/032

JOHN C. RIDDICK, JEAN L RASSON, CHRIS. W. TURBITT, SIMON M. FLOWER. INDIGO Digital Observatory Project, 2004 – 2008. Proceedings of the XIIIth Observatory Workshop, Golden, June 2008

S M FLOWER.Setting standards for global exchange of real-time data. Poster presentation at NERC Data Management Workshop, 2008