Disaster risk reduction (DRR)

We work in partnership with UK government, national governments, the United Nations, donor agencies and national meteorological and hydrological services around the world to enhance global resilience to natural hazards and reduce associated risks.

International expertise

Our internationally-recognised expertise across the DRR arena enables us to engage at policy level with governments and organisations to share our scientific knowledge, people-centred risk management skills and early warning system design expertise to support both the UK’s and international organisations' policy development and implementation.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was agreed at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, with the Met Office supporting the UK government’s negotiation team before and during the event.

We have been involved in a number of major conferences and events about DRR, sharing our expertise and working with other organisations to develop best practice. Find out more at the links below:

UNISDR International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2017

In the lead up to IDDR 2017 we are publishing a series of blog posts about Met Office DRR work. Read them here:

Protection, prosperity, wellbeing: a focus on disaster risk reduction

Partnerships and user engagement for global resilience

Sierra Leone emergency response

Meteorological information, is it all bad news?

Harnessing weather and climate science to build the resilience of vulnerable communities

UNISDR International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017

Wilton Park conference, September 2017

Science advice: international co-operation and exchange of data and information during trans-national crises

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, May 2017

Blog post - Putting people and their communities at the centre of early warning systems

Multi-hazard early warning conference, May 2017

Saving lives, reducing losses


Met Office Chief Operating Officer, Phil Evans, speaking at the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference

Wilton Park conference, September 2016

Flooding in the Greater Horn of Africa: building effective early warning systems

Understanding Risk Forum, May 2016

The final mile: connecting an impact-based warning service to decision making