The short version
Meteowriter is the website of Kevin Sene, a scientist, writer and photographer specialising in water and climate issues. He has written technical books on these themes and a general interest travel guide to the Mersey Estuary. He has worked extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In his spare time, he enjoys hill walking, cycling and photography.
The longer version
Hello. I am a scientist, writer and photographer who specialises in water and climate related issues, such as floods, droughts and water resources. I’ve spent many years working on projects in the UK and overseas, typically providing technical advice and running training courses.
My first two overseas projects could hardly have been more different as they involved running a computer workshop on a Caribbean island (Barbados) and helping to monitor rivers in a semi-arid region in east Africa (Somalia). Other highlights have included helping to understand flooding issues at a regional level, such as in the UK, southern Africa and Asia, water resources studies in Africa and the UK, and leading research on new approaches to flood forecasting and warning.
It has turned out to be an interesting choice of career, covering a wide range of topics with site visits to some more remote parts of the world. Throughout, one strand has been trying to predict river flows and I’ve written three technical books on this topic for use by practitioners and scientists, including an award-winning book on hydrometeorology. I’ve also contributed to many scientific and conference papers.
More recently I’ve branched out into more general interest writing such as my latest book The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide (click this link for details). The idea for this began when I was living in Warrington, at the top of the estuary, where in the evenings and at weekends I would often go jogging or cycling along the estuary shores, including visits to Liverpool and the Wirral, further towards the coast.
As I began researching the book, I realised that there were some great places to visit that even local residents, including myself, weren’t aware of, and some fascinating stories to tell about the history, environment and wildlife of the estuary. This was also my first venture into self-publishing, which has involved developing skills in areas such as desktop publishing, cartography and website design, to name just a few.
This website gives space to expand on these various themes, both for the Mersey Estuary and beyond, and a place to share some of my favourite photographs. I hope you find something of interest.
On a personal note
I’m based in the UK and some of my other interests include volunteering with a national park service and a Rivers Trust, and hill walking, cycling and photography. Past adventures have included cycle touring in India and Central America and a high level walk across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. However, my trips are more modest these days. I’m also a keen reader of non-fiction, such as on travel and politics, and of thrillers and psychological fiction.
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide
Here is some more information on The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide
From Troubador publishing
Click on this link for details
In case you are interested, here is some more information on my scientific career:
One of my roles is as an Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University in the UK, and this webpage describes some of my research interests:
Here also are links to my technical books:
The first edition of the Hydrometeorology book received an honourable mention in the prestigious Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) nominations for the best book of the year in the fields of meteorology, climatology and atmospheric sciences.