Met Office Hadley Centre

Met Office Hadley Centre

Exploring one of the world's leading climate change research centres

The Met Office Hadley Centre, based at the Met Office's Exeter HQ, provides world-class guidance on the science of climate change and is the primary focus in the UK for climate science.

Our staff make significant contributions to scientific literature and to a variety of climate science reports, including the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Our climate projections were also the basis for the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006.

Aims of the Met Office Hadley Centre are to:

  • monitor global and national climate variability and change;
  • understand physical, chemical and biological processes within the climate system and develop computer models to represent them;
  • attribute recent changes in climate,
  • use models to simulate the differences between global and regional climates, and the changes seen over the previous and coming centuries.

Find out more from Professor Stephen Belcher, Head of the Met Office Hadley Centre, in this video:

Video: The work of the Met Office Hadley Centre
In this video Stephen Belcher explains the work of the Met Office Hadley Centre

Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme

Through the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme, the Hadley Centre plays a leading role in the UK's climate research capability, ensuring the country has the information it needs to navigate the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Recent work includes an Arctic sea-ice cover assessment, studies of climate change and extreme seasons around the world, new information about the decline of tropical forests and improved methods for projections of European climate.

The programme provides the scientific basis for the UK Government's decision-making on climate change, infrastructure resilience and international climate negotiations.

Last updated: 29 January 2014