Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme aims to further the interests of the Met Office and NERC in growing the UK's leading role in weather and climate research.
Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme (JWCRP) facilitates the joint research between the Met Office and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Its overarching goal is to ensure that the UK maintains and strengthens its leading international position in weather and climate science.
The JWCRP has two major elements. The first addresses the joint commitment to sustaining and growing the UK's national capability and research in observing, understanding, modelling and predicting weather and climate, along with the infrastructure required to deliver that national capability and research. The second is to align major research initiatives and programmes to ensure the most effective impact of the research and pull-through into the delivery of services to government and business.
The Science Programme Board, consisting of Met Office Science Directorate and NERC Heads of Centres ( NCAS, NOC, CEH, NCEO, BAS and PML), is responsible for setting the strategic and scientific agenda for JWCRP activities. The SPB oversees a number of core research programmes and enabling posts aimed at over-coming barriers to collaborative research.
From left to right; Mark Bailey (CEH), Andy Brown (MO), Ned Garnett (NERC Swindon), John King (representing Jane Francis, BAS), Steve de Mora (PML), Stephen Mobbs (NCAS), Ed Hill (NOC), Gilbert Brunet (MO), Cath Senior (representing Stephen Belcher, MO), Jemma Gornall (JWCRP Manager), Peter Jan van Leeuwen (NCEO), Jon Petch (MO) and Julia Slingo (MO) - Photo courtesy of Dave Offiler.
The JWCRP oversees the major jointly-owned infrastructure. Examples of these are the research aircraft the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) and the MONSooN (Met Office and NERC Supercomputing Node) which enables NERC and Met Office scientists to share data and develop models on the same platform.
The JWCRP is an accredited programme of Living With Environmental Change (LWEC).
Last updated: 25 March 2014