Climate Service UK creates framework that provides the support and advice for public and private sectors to manage climate-related risks and opportunities
Throughout history society has faced risks arising from natural variations in climate. Today, we face additional challenges from human-induced climate change. However, with our expanding knowledge of climate science, ever-improving climate forecasts, and growing understanding of how climate hazards impact society and the environment, we are now able to be more strategic in our response to climate-related risks and opportunities.
The need for information and tools to enable both the UK and wider world to cope is real and urgent. Climate Service UK addresses this need by offering expert advice, bespoke climate information, value-added services and solutions to help build capacity in developing countries.
Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization explains the importance of national frameworks: "National frameworks for climate services are vital for empowering decision-makers to respond to the risks and opportunities of climate variability and change."
Climate Service UK will:
Through Climate Service UK, the Met Office will support climate-smart decisions to make society climate-resilient, meet international capacity development objectives, and provide a framework for ensuring that public investment in climate science can be used to maximum effect.
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is confident that Climate Service UK will make the most of world-leading climate knowledge here in the UK and further afield. He said: "Climate Service UK builds on a foundation of world-leading science and I'm sure will become an essential framework for advising on the risks and opportunities of a changing climate."
Advice is needed worldwide to support decisions on managing exposure to climate variability and change. Recognising this need, the World Meteorological Organization and other United Nations agencies have created the Global Framework for Climate Services with strong engagement from users, donors and providers worldwide. This Global Framework will ensure climate information is used in decision-making effectively, at global, regional and national levels.
The UK has world-class capabilities and close interactions between the Met Office, research councils, universities, stakeholders and end users both at home and overseas. The UK therefore has the opportunity to take a world-leading role to develop and deliver climate services. For example, the Met Office already provides services globally, regionally and nationally (for the UK and for other nations) based on strong collaborations and will develop these further, particularly to draw on multidisciplinary expertise to support decision-makers.
Last updated: 3 October 2013