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International climate services

The Met Office develops and provides tailored climate services for users across the world. These services utilise our world-class science, state-of-the-art technical capabilities, expertise in understanding customer needs, and international collaborations and partnerships.

By working with international, regional and national organisations, partnering with research institutions in the UK and elsewhere, and engaging with people in climate-sensitive communities and sectors, we provide wide-ranging climate services all over the world, including:  

  • tailored climate service products and tools to support near- and long-term decision making;
  • capacity building and training for climate service providers in developing countries;
  • consultancy and advice to a range of government, non-government and private sector customers; and
  • coordination of major research and operational climate service initiatives and partnerships.

Our international climate services extend on our work for UK Government, encompassing operational services in key sectors (e.g. energy and flood risk management) as well as prototype services and work to develop new services that exploit Met Office capabilities and address user needs. Services incorporate historical weather observations and climate model forecast information across timescales, including near-term weather forecasts, seasonal to multi-annual climate predictions, and longer-term multi-decadal climate projections. This information is combined with sector- and region-specific knowledge, as well as relevant environmental impacts and non-climatic factors, to help develop services that guide the management of weather and climate risks. Through engaging in dialogue and undertaking user needs assessments, our climate services are co-developed with customers and users of climate information to address their evolving needs.

We provide technical and non-technical assistance to national meteorological and hydrological services and climate service providers in developing countries. Through training courses, scientist exchanges, and a range of in-country engagement activities, we help to strengthen capabilities and aid the development of climate services for sectors and communities vulnerable to climate variability and change.

We also play a leading role in the global climate service community, helping to coordinate and steer the development of global and regional climate service initiatives and partnerships. We have been at the heart of developing the Global Framework for Climate Services, working with the World Meteorological Organization and others globally to design and implement this global framework. By working with relevant international, regional and national institutions in the UK, Europe and across the globe, the Met Office is helping to equip society to address today’s challenges and better manage weather and climate risks for future generations.

Example Projects

Examples of recent and ongoing international climate service projects and programmes led by the Met Office include:

We are also playing a key role in the following climate service projects and programmes:

For further information on our international climate services, please contact Dr Chris Hewitt - head of international climate service development

Last updated: May 19, 2016 7:42 AM