The Met Office Academic Partnership is a cluster of research excellence. It brings together the Met Office with the leading UK universities in weather and climate science (University of Exeter, University of Leeds, University of Reading and University of Oxford) through a formal collaboration to advance the science and skill of weather and climate prediction.
Aims of the partnership
• To draw together world-class expertise around a focused programme of joint research to tackle key challenges in weather and climate science and prediction.
• To maximise return on the UK’s investment in research and development in its leading institutions, to provide society with the best possible advice.
• To combine our strengths to secure the UK’s position in leading the world in weather forecasting and climate prediction.
• To build a cluster of research excellence that is instrumental in determining priorities for future funding and influencing the European Union Framework agenda.
• To provide an outstanding environment to develop the science leaders of tomorrow in this very challenging area of research and delivery.
Future directions for Oxford’s contributions
• Continue to lead and contribute to advanced remote sensing methods to obtain key observations of atmospheric composition, clouds and aerosols.
• Develop a quantitative, multidisciplinary approach to model complex climate interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and land surface.
• Develop innovative ways of applying probabilistic and stochastic approaches to the prediction of weather and climate: used for attribution studies and assessment of the risks to water resources, ecosystems and infrastructure systems.
These broad aims will be structured around 5 focal points:
- Remote sensing, radiation, clouds and aerosols
- Climate risks
- Oceans and climate
- Climate dynamics and predictability
Some of these topics were identified on the basis of their complementarity with existing activity in the MOAP, but all were chosen to match the capacity of Oxford University to contribute at a high scientific level in partnership with Met Office collaborators. It will be evident that there is some synergy and overlap between these themes, which is inevitable in such a broad and diverse programme. It is also clear that these focal points should not constrain the scope of collaboration, which already extends beyond these topics and which we hope to expand further in future as partners in the MOAP.