How Met Office science is reviewed

The Met Office Hadley Centre Science Review Group (SRG) is held jointly with the Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) which reviews Met Office Foundation, Weather and Climate Science programmes.

Met Office Hadley Centre Science Review Group (SRG)

The Met Office Hadley Centre Science Review Group (SRG) brings together leading scientists from UK and international academia to carry out an independent review of the climate research carried out by the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme to advise its government customers on the quality, robustness and relevance of our science outputs.

SRG roles

At a high level the SRG has three roles:

  1. Assessing the extent to which the MOHC Climate Programme undertakes science of the appropriate quality to provide the best advice on climate science to its government customers.
  2. Assessing the relevance and impact that the Climate Programme has in providing climate science and services to support UK government policy and wider MOHC activities.
  3. Assessing the impact that the Climate Programme has on the wider UK and international community, including its relationship with UK research organisations, and the effectiveness of its communication activities. 

SRG annual meeting

The annual meeting of SRG is held jointly with the Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) to ensure efficient communication between the two groups.

Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme: Science Review Group (SRG) Chair

This advertisement is for a Chair of the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme Science Review Group. It is posted on behalf of The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are seeking a new Chair of the Science Review Group (SRG), which advises the UK Government on the content, progress, scientific excellence, relevance and impact of the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an international group of leading experts and directors of research institutes, in order to gain a comprehensive view of Met Office research and to help shape the Programme.

The appointment commences in late spring of 2021, and would typically be for 4 years, noting the maximum overall, continuous SRG membership duration of 8 years for current SRG members. The Terms of Reference for the SRG are available here

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have direct and extensive experience of having sat on the SRG or equivalent groups (e.g. Science Advisory Groups for DECC, BEIS, Defra or OGD, or Review Groups for major Research Council Programmes);
  • Have a detailed understanding and experience of the UK climate research landscape; and
  • Be a climate scientist of international standing with a broad understanding of climate modelling and the application of its outputs.
  • Not be an existing member of staff in the Met Office or MOHC.

The role is honorary, however travel and subsistence costs for attendance at meetings will be provided.

The time commitment (totalling approximately 13 days per year) is as follows:

  • Preparing for annual SRG meetings through planning the agenda and review strategy, in consultation with Climate Programme funders and the Met Office, and reading of background papers;
  • Chairing of the annual SRG meeting, normally held in January of each year as a three-day meeting at the Met Office in Exeter, starting in 2022, but participating as an ex officio shadow of the current chair during the 19-22 Jan 2021 meeting (which will be held virtually because of COVID-19); 
  • Coordinating the writing of the SRG report to be delivered to Government within one month of the end of the SRG meeting; 
  • Representing the SRG in meetings of the Programme Board (held 3-4 times per year in London, and generally lasting two hours; participation can be virtual if needed), and responding to ad hoc requests from the Programme Board as needed; and
  • Coordinating the review by SRG-mail-round of Climate Programme draft work plans – the next one is due in 2023.

To apply please send your CV (maximum 4 pages) to [email protected], by 11:59pm on Monday 7th December 2020. 

CVs will be sifted by an assessment panel and all candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after that process is completed.

Any prospective applicants wanting to find out more about the role can contact Ken Wright at BEIS ([email protected]) or Ted Shepherd, current Chair of the SRG ([email protected]).

BEIS and Defra are equal opportunity employers. They do not discriminate or tolerate any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC)

The Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) meets annually to review the Met Office's Foundation, Weather and Climate Science programmes and the integrated nature of these programmes.

MOSAC also exists to raise any scientific concerns in relation to the ability of the Met Office's research plans to meet its customer's requirements and its own strategic aims.

MOSAC roles

MOSAC has the three key roles:

  1. To provide an independent assessment of the quality and relevance of the Met Office's scientific research which underpins its weather, climate and oceanographic services.
  2. To ensure that the Met Office, through its science programmes and other activities, provides the best possible services and advice to customers.
  3. To foster productive links with the global meteorological and climate community.

External independent experts

SRG and MOSAC comprises external independent experts in the field of climate science, meteorology, oceanography or numerical weather prediction drawn from UK universities, and from meteorological services and climate institutions of other countries.