Securing UK’s leadership in Climate Science

Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:35
Posted by Scott Buckler

60 million of investment in the Met Office Hadley Centre’s Climate Programme was announced by the Government today aimed at maintaining the UK’s place as a global leader in climate research and modelling

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

"As we face the impacts of climate change over the coming decades it is vital that we understand what the future holds and the dangers we face.  The Met Office Hadley Centre has helped to make the UK a world leader in climate science and I am determined that the Government continues to support their work.  This investment will significantly improve their capacity to produce the ground breaking robust evidence for which they are internationally renowned.”

Environment Minister Lord Taylor said:

The world-class research of the Met Office Hadley Centre has established the UK as a real authority in understanding the challenges of climate change. This new investment will ensure the Hadley Centre continues to provide us with the cutting edge evidence we need as we develop plans to prepare the UK for a changing climate.”

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

“Supercomputing is fundamental to modern research, especially as it becomes more complex and produces an increasing amount of data. This investment will keep the UK at the forefront of climate science and modelling, underpinned by the leading knowledge and expertise of the Met Office. It also complements the £145 million the Government has invested in e-infrastructure to support industry and academia.”

Nearly £50 million of funding is being committed to a programme of research and modelling until 2015. This investment will significantly enhance the evidence available to Government, supporting both mitigation and adaptation actions and will build upon the Met Office Hadley Centre’s strong collaborations with UK academic science. It will help Government, business, local authorities and other organisations to understand better the threats and opportunities climate change could bring and to take appropriate actions. The planned work will also deliver improved scientific research to support cost-effective deployment of renewable energy.

Over £11 million of new High Performance Computing (supercomputing capacity and associated hardware) will be provided to underpin this programme of research. This significantly enhances the Met Office Hadley Centre’s capability until 2015 and is a response to the recommendation of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

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