Simon Flower

Simon Flower

ISI skills leader
BGS Edinburgh

Simon Flower’s biography

  •  2009: Skills leader
  •  2003 – 2009: Head of engineering for geomagnetism and seismology
  •  2000 – 2009: Senior manager for BGS geophysical data
  •  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

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

Key papers

Lesur, V, Clark, T, Turbitt, C, and Flower, S. 2004. A technique for estimating the vector magnetic field from a marine vessel. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, volume 1, issue 2, pages 109 – 115

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

O’Mongain, A M, Baptie, B J, Booth, D C, Flower, S M, Ford, G D, Galloway, DD, Ottemãller, L, and Simpson, B A. Seismic activity in the region of Tristan da Cunha, October 2004 – February 2005 British Geological Survey COMMISSIONED REPORT CR/05/032

Riddick, J C, Rasson, J L, Turbitt, C W, and Flower, S M. INDIGO Digital Observatory Project, 2004 – 2008. Proceedings of the XIIIth Observatory Workshop, Golden, June 2008

Turbitt, C W, Flower, S M, and Riddick, J C. 2003. 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

Reay, S, Turbitt, C W, Flower, S M, Riddick, J C, and Clarke, E. 2003. 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.


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

Boards and committees

Professional association

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Information Technology Practitioner
  • Member of the British Computer Society


  •  2003: Chartered Engineer

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