Informatics Lab – What we do

Our mission

Our mission is “Exploring new ideas to create useful, beautiful solutions”. We want to create an environment where ideas and creativity flourish.

We have five principles to help us achieve this mission:

  • inspiring collaboration
  • interdisciplinary working
  • free-flowing communication
  • managed risk taking
  • evolution through experimentation and learning.

The Informatics Lab is a foundational part of Met Office Science and Technology. We celebrate best practice across the organisation, challenge cultural norms and support ways of working that enable us to be the best we can be.

What we do

We bring together scientists, technologists and designers to develop prototypes that show what is possible. Our combined and diverse skills help us speed up this process and develop at pace.

We also facilitate and support communities to maximise the impact of our weather and climate science research capabilities.

Our work directly supports the Met Office Research and Innovation Strategy. We support the ‘Fusing simulations with Data Sciences’ theme, as well as the delivery of the Data Sciences Strategic Action.

You can read more about our latest work and research in the Informatics Lab blog

Current activities 

Data Science Strategic Action

  • Create and develop an environment where use of data science can flourish.
  • Nurture and support the effective use of data sciences in projects across Met Office Science and Technology.
  • Build and enhance a network of partners pioneering the application of data sciences.
  • Promote and celebrate the use of data sciences.
  • Turbocharge the Research and Innovation Strategy.

Blending satellite and surface environmental data

  • Collaborate with British Antarctic Survey and Alan Turing Institute.
  • Use machine learning to fuse observations on different spatio-temporal scales.
  • Understand the uncertainty in measurements.
  • Consider techniques to quantify how to improve accuracy, such as location of mobile sensors. 

Global air pollution using Pangeo on Azure

  • Build upon history of advancing data science tools (Pangeo)
  • Brining to the WHO Data Integration Model for Air Quality
  • Looking running, interacting and understanding the data and model

The Climate Impacts, Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience Framework (CLIMAR)

A Flagship Project of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence

  • Develop a framework to visualise, explore and understand the risks associated with climate change.
  • Develop an interactive tool for policymakers.
  • Inform decision making.
  • Apply this to a range of hazards, such as heat and flooding.
  • Apply this to a range of impacts, such as health and infrastructure. 

Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence

The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence brings together world leading researchers from the University of Exeter and the Met Office. The goal is to pioneer the development of ‘environmental intelligence’.

Environmental intelligence combines environmental data and knowledge with artificial intelligence. We do this to help address some of the most pressing challenges in society today, like climate change.

The Centre uses environmental intelligence to provide meaningful insight to inform decision making and improve risk management. It also supports technological innovation, building a sustainable relationship with our natural environment.

Our work combines:

  • environmental and sustainability research
  • data science
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital technologies.

The initial areas that the Centre will focus on include:

  • climate change
  • clean air
  • health
  • extreme weather events.

Find out more about the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence.