Climate monitoring and attribution - external collaborations

Our collaborations include:

  • University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU): we work together to develop and improve the land air temperatures in the CRUTEM datasets and in the blended HadCRUT datasets. We also support a CRU PhD student working on improvement of historical regional UK precipitation series and their uncertainties as well as extremes.

  • The USA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC): we collaborate on land surface air temperatures, sea surface temperatures, and international assessments of the global climate such as those published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 

  • The Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) project: the ACRE initiative undertakes and facilitates the recovery of historical instrumental surface terrestrial and marine global weather observations to underpin surface-input-only 4D weather reconstructions (reanalyses) over the last 200-250 years for climate applications and impacts needs worldwide. 

  • The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK (NOCS): our collaboration in the development and interpretation of marine surface and sub-surface data includes a new version of the night marine air temperature dataset HadMAT, currently under development.

  • Our collaborations with NOCS, ACRE and NCDC are also partnered with the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) project, entailing regular workshops on the improvement and application of marine data.

  • The International ad hoc Detection and Attribution Group (IDAG): we work together with other IDAG scientists on several projects related to the detection and attribution of climate change. IDAG has made major contributions to the reports of the IPCC Working Group I.

  • University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Centre: improvement of land surface station meteorological observations for application to extremes and health hazards; advanced statistical techniques for homogenisation of radiosonde data.

  • The Met Office / NERC Joint Climate Research Program's HadIR project collaborates with the Universities of Reading and Edinburgh as well as internationally with Lulea Technical University's Satellite Atmospheric Science Group. The aim of HadIR is to develop homogeneous datasets of infra-red and microwave radiances from satellite observations and use them to interpret climate variations, improve our understanding of the water cycle, and validate and improve climate models and their representation of atmospheric processes. 

  • We work with the USA's National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on analysis of humidity at the surface and aloft.

  • European Climate Support Network (ESCN): we collaborate with climate researchers in other European national meteorological services to develop data analyses and presentations. These European climate programme collaborations are currently under review with new arrangements expected from 2013. This review includes the work to establish high resolution gridded data sets and related products/services using in situ observations (EUMETGRID).
  • We maintain links with the University of Leicester Earth Observation Science Group on temperature monitoring using radiances from the land surface observed by satellites.

  • We are part of a consortium including the University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, NOCS and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory which is re-analysing the sea surface temperature record retrieved from the series of Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) satellite sensors: the ATSR Re-analysis for Climate (ARC).

  • We work together with international members of the Global Climate Observing System Working Group on sea surface temperature (SST) and sea-ice to understand differences between analyses of SST for the last 150 years.

  • We have a leading role in the multi-national annual State of the Climate reports published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society under the umbrella of the World Meteorological Organisation.
  • We are part of the International Surface Temperature Initiative (ISTI), which aims to rescue, collate, quality-control and homogenise land surface air temperature data. Aspects include development of a global land surface meteorological databank, and a benchmarking project for assessing and improving homogenisation techniques.

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