Met Office statement on scientific research integrity

The Met Office considers integrity and strong ethics to be core to conducting scientific research. As an organisation we are committed to the principles of the 'Concordat to support research integrity' for all forms of scientific research that are undertaken at the Met Office. The Concordat was developed by Universities UK in collaboration with the funding and research councils to provide a comprehensive framework for good research conduct.

The Met Office fully supports the five commitments of the Concordat:

  • Maintaining standards: Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • Ethical and other frameworks: Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  • Culture of integrity: Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers
  • Research misconduct: Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  • Strengthening integrity: Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly

These commitments are advanced through our policies and procedures. We also continue to consider where we can improve, and as part of our commitment to seek to strengthen our policies around research integrity, we will be conducting a review of associated policies and procedures during 2019/2020. This will be reported in our next Annual Statement on Research Integrity at the end of the Financial Year 2019/20.

For queries regarding the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, or concerns with any of the scientific research being undertaken by the Met Office, please contact the Met Office Research Ethics & Integrity Officer at [email protected].

Professor Penny Endersby (Chief Executive)