In October 2014 the Government confirmed its investment of £97 million in a new high performance computing facility for the Met Office. Enhanced processing power will help us protect life and property and will also enable us to turn more science into services for the benefit of government, business and the public.
The first phase of this supercomputer went live on 25 August 2015, five weeks ahead of schedule.
Turning research into highly detailed operational forecasts and services will enable us to produce innovative forecasts - for example focussing high resolution models on strategically important infrastructure such as airports and flood defences. More detailed forecasts will make it possible to predict small-scale, high impact weather features with greater skill, such as thunderstorms that have the potential to lead to flash flooding.
Greater computing power will enable us to run numerous forecasts simultaneously. The spread of the forecasts allows us to determine the levels of confidence across a range of possible outcomes. A probabilistic approach is useful in helping business, government, responders and the public to manage risk.
An element of the new computing facility will be located at Exeter Science Park, which will help create a collaborative environment where we can work with others on science and service delivery. Sharing the supercomputer will enable collaborative research such as:
Last updated: 26 August 2015