Met Office in the Media: 05 October 2010

Scottish media have widely welcomed the joint Met Office/SEPA flood forecasting service for Scotland Following the announcement of funding by the Scottish Government in an attempt to protect lives and homes from devastating water damage.  The Scotsman reported how the service would join up weather forecasting expertise of the Met Office, with the flood forecasting expertise of SEPA. BBC Scotland reported that ‘It is a partnership with a real purpose, to help people.’  The Aberdeen Press and Journal reported how the scheme scheme would “enhance flood resilience” and ensure Scotland had the “best advice possible”, whilst The Herald reported on how the partnership should provide the emergency services with earlier and better flood risk warnings.

As the United Nations climate change talks in Tianjin get underway in China this week, The Guardian has run a commentary piece about how governments must use the UN climate change talks to set a realistic limit on global temperature rise. Within the article the authors, Nicola Ranger and Alex Bowen from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science, use joint climate change research from the Met Office Hadley Centre to show the challenges faced on meeting targets of 1.5 C and even 2.0 C warming.

Following yesterdays announcement by Positive Weather Solutions that there is the chance another cold winter, the Met Office has been asked for its views on the forecast. The First Post , the Western Morning News and the Exeter Express and Echo have all reported on the story.

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