Here I describe the kinds of services I can provide, based on my experience and background. I don’t attempt to offer expertise in areas where either I don’t feel that my background being sufficient, or where there are any number of individuals capable of providing the service. Only activities where my background makes me particularly unique are offered.
Consultants often have a poor reputation – for overcharging and under-providing. I have just started in the status of a “consultant” and I understand the hesitation of institutions to seek the services of a “consultant”. To this end, I would like to state my goals in providing consultancy or educational services. They are:
1) to obtain a positive impact towards sustainable development.
2) to educate staff at all levels in meteorological services so that better decisions can be made on every issue facing these services.
3) to foster applied research to improve weather forecasting and its applications.
I do not seek consultancies that further the aims of private companies or relate to any litigation. I recognize that these are probably the most profitable aspects of consultancies, but I seek wider impact on society as a whole. Also, I focus on developing countries, since the need is generally greater there and a positive impact more easily measured.
5) Collaboration or assistance in organizing and carrying out meteorological field experiments in tropical locations.
Why “hire” me?
1) My background
2) My cost
In the grand scheme of things, the cost of consultants is normally a very small part of any meteorological service’s budget. However, the cost of some consultants can be so high, compared with the salaries of meteorological service staff, that it can cause resentment of the entire consulting process and call into question the decision to even hire consultants. I have seen this reaction from met service staff (while I was a NOAA employee and thus able to help without charge). I prefer to term myself an “educator” rather than consultant, though I am in fact now available as a “consultant”.
One advantage to a potential client (a term I also dislike because it tends to imply a strictly business transaction) of contracting my services is that, as I am retired from the US Federal Government, I have retirement and other benefits already covered, and my work, now independent of any institution (free-lance), means I do not need to charge “overhead” or “indirect costs”. My cost to you is the sum of 1) travel, 2) per diem expenses and 3) a flat daily (or weekly) fee. No overtime hours, no overhead costs to a university, no hidden costs. If significant preparation is required before a workshop or lecture series (I always tailor my material to the specific audience to the extent possible) I will state this and charge for this time as well.
3) My languages