Arwel Griffiths

World vision

26 March 2014

More people than ever before are turning to the Met Office for our global perspective, says Arwel Griffiths, Director of Business Development.

Increasing natural hazards around the world are raising awareness of society's vulnerability to environmental change. Global interdependency and our changing climate don't just have consequences for people living in far flung corners of the planet, but also our own UK economy and lifestyle.

Naturally, at the Met Office, we have a true global perspective, not least because the weather is a global system and responding to the challenges and opportunities of a changing climate requires international competence.

Barometer provides an overview of the Met Office's international activities. Due to the breadth of our work - from the Met Office College to our defence services - we can't possibly include everything here, so this is just a sample of our work around the world.

Forecasting global weather relies on a full range of observations. The importance of incorporating observations is growing at a great rate and we are taking an increasingly collaborative and technological approach of gathering observations. For example, E-AMDAR (EUMETNET Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay) covers the gathering of observations from commercial airline flights.

It is no longer sufficient to simply consider the national situation. A climate services project funded by the European Commission known as EUPORIAS, and the Copernicus marine service, an environmental monitoring programme, are both really good examples of public services crossing national boundaries.

Collaborating with others on a European basis supports all aspects of society, including Government and commerce. Good examples of our work include innovative solutions for the renewables industry in Europe and the Early Warning System projectwe are helping to implement in Rwanda.

We have a strong collaboration with the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) and are pulling through more science to services in challenging and high-profile scientific areas. We are also establishing a regional office which means we are able to gain a detailed, regional perspective.

In Australia, a firm scientific partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is now broadening to include developing new applications and services. Scientific collaboration never stands still, as illustrated by the Met Office Unified Model partnership activities with like-minded organisations such as BOM and the Korea Meteorological Administration.

In the midst of all this, the Met Office's strategy and vision is underpinned by global science.

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