Working in partnership, working internationally

7 April 2014

Societies across the globe are experiencing the impacts of climate change and severe weather. As a world-leading authority in weather and climate science, we are forming international relationships to help people across the globe.

Although we are the UK's national weather service, our work doesn't start and end at our shores. Our global capabilities mean that we work on a global scale. With our innovative products and intelligence we are helping increase efficiency and safety for customers across a range of sectors.

The challenge of climate change requires us to think and act across boundaries of nation, sector, language and culture. To help vulnerable communities across the globe we are working with businesses and governments to reduce their vulnerability to today's weather hazards, and increase resilience to future climate change.

We are no strangers to working in partnership with other weather services and research organisations around the world. Sharing the international endeavour to advance weather and climate science, we support and contribute to the international collection and sharing of worldwide observations by sea, land and air on which modern forecasting depends.

International intelligence

Our expert advice on hazardous weather conditions and the changing climate helps commercial customers and governments make essential policies and operational decisions.

We help other national weather services strengthen their ability to deliver weather and climate services to those among their populations who need them most. For example, we have used our expertise of communicating weather and science, providing consultancy to Rwanda Meteorological Agency to help set up an early warning service for severe weather.

Similarly, The Climate Science Research Partnership between the Department for International Development and the Met Office Hadley Centre is working, in consultation with African stakeholders, to advance understanding of current and future African climate, and bring new science into use.

Beyond weather and climate

As science advances and we break new boundaries, our work continues to make a difference. Going beyond weather and climate, we are working in partnership to help others manage the impacts of a wide range of environmental hazards. We are actively involved in several projects as part of our contribution to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Voluntary Co-operation Programme (VCP). We also represent the UK and Met Office science at conferences such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nation's Climate Change Conference (COP), and through collaborations with research institutes worldwide;

Drawing on a mix of science expertise and operational capabilities from across the Met Office ensures our international work is sustainable for the Met Office, and our solutions are sustainable for customers. We feed the knowledge and revenue we generate back into our science to keep our weather and climate models among the best in the world. This benefits all of our customers, other weather services and our research partners.

Bright future

We aim to understand and tailor our services to meet our customers' objectives. For instance, our training to the global meteorological community, whether it's in Jersey, Brunei, Brazil, The Gambia or Rwanda, helps professionals on both an operational and a strategic level to understand and plan for the effects of weather and climate.

Many world-leading scientists work at the Met Office but, to ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes, we work closely with others worldwide. For example, we're working with partners including the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia and the Korea Meteorological Administration to develop the Met Office Unified Model.

Science is crucial to our future economic and social well-being. We are transforming world-class weather and climate science into operational services that make real differences to people's lives, in the UK and overseas. More often than not, this involves working in partnership, delivering sustainable weather and climate services to make the world safer and more resilient.

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