28 February 2011
The Met Office, University of Exeter, University of Leeds and University of Reading have joined forces to form the Met Office Academic Partnership.
Pulling together world-class expertise, the formal collaboration aims to tackle key challenges in weather and climate science and maximise return on the UK's investment in research and development.
The Partnership combines the strengths of the universities and the Met Office to secure the UK's world-leading position in weather forecasting and climate prediction. It also provides an outstanding environment to develop the atmospheric science leaders of the future.
Professor Julia Slingo, Met Office Chief Scientist, said: "This is the first time that a group of universities has joined forces with a leading government organisation to form a cluster of research excellence aimed at accelerating science research to benefit society. This is just the start of what I hope will be an exciting joint venture and only one element of our collaborations, both here and overseas, aimed at maximising the benefit of the UK's world-class expertise in weather forecasting and climate prediction."
More information on the Met Office Academic Partnership