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Climate science

Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services

The Met Office, particularly through the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, is constantly expanding the observations and monitoring of past and current climatic conditions, and making advances in projecting future global and regional climate on a range of timescales from the coming months and seasons, to the end of the century and beyond. 

The Met Office Hadley Centre is home to some of the world’s foremost climate scientists. Our staff make significant contributions to scientific literature and to a variety of climate science reports, including the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre carry out a programme of climate science research relevant to UK Government Policy: the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme. Funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), the research programme delivers policy-relevant research, which is used to advise and support Government decision making on climate science issues. It also provides underpinning science that supports the wider climate science community.

Climate science roadmap

The Met Office Hadley Centre has developed a Climate Science Roadmap. This roadmap outlines research over the next 10 years and will ensure we are ready for a changing future. The roadmap also details how we can deliver the research.

This research will help answer the key questions of how to minimise the risks of climate change and adapt to the changes we are committed to. We have carefully considered changes in the demands for climate science, advances in technology, and moving further to bridge the gap between core science and solutions.

Quantifying, explaining, forecasting, and projecting global and UK climate will continue to be a key focus. This will help inform early warnings or adaptation and mitigation decision-making. Our research will provide the scientific evidence required to support the UK government goal of reaching NetZero by 2050.