Dr Philip Bett

Philip researches the impacts of climate variability and change, working with businesses and government to help inform adaptation decisions.

Current activities

Philip's work in the Climate Adaptation team is currently focused on the needs of the renewable energy sector, working on research to inform both government policy and commercial projects.

By analysing large data sets based on historical observations, Philip has looked at how wind speeds over the UK and Europe vary decade to decade, and how our recent experience of winds in the 1990s and 2000s fit into the long term context. By obtaining more accurate estimates of the the true historical variability of wind speeds, wind farm developers can have greater certainty in the possible power generation at a site, which reduces the risk for financial investment.

Philip is also performing research under the Hadley Centre Climate Programme to help inform  renewable energy policy. While the UK is particularly well-placed to take advantage of wind energy, the country will require energy from a broad mix of sources in the coming decades to ensure a stable supply. Renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and solar electricity are directly linked to the weather and climate, and temperature plays a large part in determining energy demand. Philip is investigating the relationships between these meteorological factors in the energy system, to understand the impact of the climate on our future energy mix.

Career background

Philip joined the Met Office Hadley Centre in October 2011. Prior to this, he worked at the University of Bonn as a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics, analysing supercomputer simulations of dark matter haloes. His obtained his PhD from Durham University in the same subject in 2008, where he also studied Physics and Astronomy as an undergraduate.

Last updated: 4 April 2014

About Philip Bett

Dr Philip Bett

Philip researches the impacts of climate variability and change

Areas of expertise

  • European wind climate variability
  • Impacts of climate variability and change on renewable energy
  • Analysis of large data sets

Publications by Philip Bett