Expert climate advice for policy-makers

Our unique weather and climate expertise inform policy around the world

Our unique weather and climate expertise is informing policy in governments and businesses around the world.

Most of the world's governments and big businesses now factor climate change into their decision-making, in many cases based on the work of the Met Office. Our weather and climate services represent a combined expertise that makes us unique.

Our specialist advice now includes forecasts across all scales (global, regional and local) and timescales (daily, monthly, seasonal, decadal and centennial). Projections around climate change have a bearing on almost every aspect of our lives.

It is vital for policy-makers to consider mitigation (cutting CO2 to lessen the severity of climate change) alongside adaptation (safeguarding existing systems from the effects of inevitable change), because a certain amount of change is already in motion. We work with customers to identify how their businesses are sensitive to weather now, with a view to assessing how they may be impacted by future climate change.

We use the most up-to-date climate model projections and science from the Met Office Hadley Centre and tailor these outputs to our customers' needs. The Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme also performs this vital task for the British government, providing the core science on which to base decisions that can help the UK become resilient to climate variability and change.

For example, we are working on a major project called CIRCE, funded under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme, which aims to highlight the impacts of climate change and possible adaptation measures in urban areas. The Met Office is also a long-standing research partner of the energy industry, for which we have identified vulnerabilities and ramifications that are helping it prepare for the future. Further afield, our work has been central to clarifying the likely effects of ongoing Amazon deforestation, and the global importance of restricting it.

Together with our global network of partners across academia, institutions, governments and businesses, the Met Office is uniquely placed to provide climate science and services that address the needs of societies everywhere.

Backed by comprehensive observations of the climate, powerful supercomputing and expert research into the physics and chemistry of the climate system, our world-renowned science helps to inform UK government's policy decisions. Find out more about climate change policy from GOV.UK

Last updated: 22 October 2013