Surface transport and utilities

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The Surface Transport and Utilities team develops and applies world-leading Met Office science to address the requirements of our customers in these sectors for weather/climate information. Focussing mainly on seasonal to centennial timescales, we work closely with a range of customers and stakeholders in order to provide tailored outputs, guidance and consultancy.

The team draws on the scientific expertise of the Met Office - particularly the Met Office Hadley Centre - to support our customers in understanding the potential impacts of weather and climate change on their operations, infrastructure, and management/business plans. Most frequently, this is done by undertaking bespoke scientific research and consultancy projects - either directly for our customers, or as members of consortia, together with other leading institutions who provide complementary expertise. Our customers and collaborators span a range of industrial, academic and governmental organisations.

Key aims

  • To provide Surface Transport and Utilities customers and stakeholders with usable and relevant scientific outputs that support their weather/climate decision-making and planning on seasonal to centennial timescales
  • To use existing Met Office scientific capability, and drive forward new capabilities in Applied Climate Science, in order to address the emerging requirements of customers and stakeholders in Surface Transport & Utilities.

Current projects

  • Within the EU FP7 project EUPORIAS, we are developing one of the prototype climate services at the seasonal-to-decadal timescale, providing seasonal forecasts of winter-time transport disruption in the UK to stakeholders.
  • As part of the "Review of Natural Hazards" project - an ETI-funded consortium project led by EDF R&D UK Centre - we have been involved in identifying and addressing a selection of research gaps in the characterisation of natural hazards for high-value energy infrastructure.
  • We are a consortium member in the  Tomorrow's Railway and Climate Change Adaptation programme - the team has been involved in work examining climate change impacts on the GB railway system and the opportunities for learning from weather resilience and climate change adaptation measures used by railway organisations in other countries.
  • In PRIMAVERA, a project which aims to develop a new generation of advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models, capable of simulating and predicting regional climate with unprecedented fidelity, for the benefit of governments, business and society in general, the team is co-leading a work package on user engagement and dissemination.
  • We also undertake projects that enhance underpinning capability in the Applied Climate Science area. For example, together with colleagues in Climate Science, we have developed a methodology that enables regional sea level rise projections to be made for point locations around the world.

Last updated: 5 April 2016

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