The aim of the Met Office is to provide for the UK an effective, modern and efficient national meteorological service. With respect to pricing, its policy is to be fair and consistent such that it meets all legal and regulatory requirements whilst achieving the objective of its Framework Document to 'maximise the return to the taxpayer' from profitable commercial outlets for services.
Please see the Met Office Pricing Policy for an explanation of our pricing policies along with high-level information on the applicable regulations, legislation and government guidelines which the Met Office takes into account when setting prices for its products. This ensures that the Met Office maintains a 'level playing field' between Met Office business activity and the private sector, both of which depend on data collected and processed by the Met Office.
As specified in the publication scheme, some services/products attract a charge. Please see below for more details.
We are obliged to cover our costs when copying or printing information for research or private study, for exact charges please see the library and archive charges and copyright information pages.
In addition to the freely available data on our web site, the Met Office offers a large number of bespoke services which comprise of value added data.
For the purposes of the commercial operation at the Met Office, we define value added data as any data set, or sub-set, where value is added at a stage of production and at final sale.
Customer-specific requests are priced on an individual basis, dependent upon the nature of the service and the requirements of the customer, including format / analysis, frequency and delivery method.
Prices are set to reflect customer benefits relative to current market conditions, the competitors' services and how the market is expected to develop.
The pricing takes three elements into account the following elements:
The cost of extraction represents the staff time cost for identifying and locating the correct data within our archives, and extracting it to a useable format such as a spreadsheet.
The administration fee includes, but is not limited to the administration time in handling the data request and the processing of the payment.
The prices of Met Office products and services may also be affected by the terms of the licence, in particular the Permitted Uses for the products and services (or Deliverables) granted by the Met Office to the customer.
The price will also take into account any non-standard delivery requirements requested.
For a quotation, please contact our Met Office Customer Centre.
The prices for items from the ECOMET catalogue are set independently by the ECOMET Members.
The actual price paid by any customer comprises:
For more information on the ECOMET pricing and calculations, please see the ECOMET pricing page.
In some cases, discounts are offered on the data and products available through the ECOMET catalogue. These discounts might be available when buying a large volume of data or products (volume discounts), or might apply for small businesses (small service providers discount).
The available discounts can be found here:
Last updated: 6 August 2014