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Informatics lab

Informatics Lab team working

The Met Office Informatics Lab combines the skill of scientists, software engineers, and designers to create new, exciting things. We try to rapidly prototype non-business-as-usual ideas that allow people from within the Met Office (and beyond) to make our science and data useful.

The way we work

  • We produce prototypes and experiments quickly.
  • We mix disciplines and share knowledge.
  • We produce open and visible code to help enable our own organisation and others to easily access and exploit our data.

Creating prototypes

  • To quickly test and try new technologies and by exploring ways to make our operational services more robust.
  • To help both internal Met Office systems and external collaborators to easily access our data.
  • By working outside of the main network we reduce the risk to the organisation and help to feedback learnings that can improve our operational services.
  • We can try things quickly and cheaply at a low risk.


From one day hacks, week long intense sprints and longer, larger projects, we've worked on lots of prototypes:

Whilst some prototypes may lead to new products for the Met Office, the learnings, decisions and skills developed can all be of huge operational benefit.

For more information visit about our projects and latest work visit

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