Met Office joins with US institute to further research

The Met Office has joined forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to take forward a new set of collaborations involving weather and climate research and the technologies that underpin it. The agreement will enable the two countries to increase their jointly-conducted research to tackle the major challenge of climate change.

Prof. Julia Slingo signs the Memorandum of Understanding with Roger Wakimoto of NCAR (right)

“The research challenges that lie ahead are global and require international collaborations.  NCAR is pleased to be working with the Met Office, since our visions are similar and there is great potential for synergistic results,” said NCAR director Roger Wakimoto.

Julia Slingo, Met Office Chief Scientist said: “Building strong relations with partners across the world is essential in tackling the next level of questions on how our weather and climate systems work and what the future has in store. Bringing together expert scientists from the Met Office and NCAR will allow us deliver ground-breaking scientific outcomes in an increasingly efficient manner.”

The goals of the partnership are to coordinate ongoing research and to develop and implement future joint projects in new areas of science. Focus areas include:

  • Fundamental atmospheric processes, particularly related to the planetary boundary layer.
  • Upper ocean processes and short-term upper ocean-atmosphere interactions in weather and climate prediction.
  • Next generation modelling for massively parallel computing architectures.
  • Predictability of the climate system on seasonal to decadal timescales.
  • Real-time attribution of hazardous weather and climate extremes to human influences.
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