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National Partnership for Ocean Prediction

Improving our understanding of the marine environment and how it affects us is the focus of a new collaboration, bringing together UK researchers.

As an island nation, the sea has a deep and profound effect on the lives of many communities across the UK. The seas around the UK influence our weather, climate and local environments.

The National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP) - which comprises the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - was formally launched earlier this year, with the signing of the Consortium Agreement.

The scientific collaboration will provide an improved understanding and prediction of many aspects of the marine environment, such as fisheries, safety at sea, maritime operations, marine renewable energy, coastal flood warning, and the achievement and maintenance of good environmental status.

Met Office Chief Scientist Professor Dame Julia Slingo, said: "This partnership is a demonstration of the fundamental role that oceans play in the weather and climate system from local to global scales. It is critically important that the Met Office models, which we use to predict weather and climate risk, represent the fundamental role that the ocean places across time and space scales."