An event to showcase the Climate Service UK as the Met Office’s response to the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS) took place on 3 June 2013 at the Institute of Physics in London. The event was attended by over 100 leading figures from UK government, academia and business. Edward Davey MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Jeremiah Lengoasa, the Deputy Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization, gave keynote presentations. The event was a great success, and Climate Service UK is now very much in the public eye. The Met Office is showing how science can be drawn on to deliver real value, both nationally and internationally. Kirstine Dale, Head of Climate Programmes for Government at the Met Office, said “This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver the value of the government’s investment in climate science.”
Climate Service UK creates the necessary framework for providing support and advice for managing climate-related risks and opportunities. It will draw together the necessary expertise to meet the needs of society and its decision-makers, both in the UK and internationally. By working with users to understand their vulnerability to weather and climate, it will support timely, far-sighted and well-informed decisions to address the risks and opportunities posed by a changing climate. Through Climate Service UK the Met Office will promote sustainable growth in the face of extreme weather and climate challenges, meet international capacity development objectives, and provide a framework for ensuring that public investment in climate science can be used to maximum effect.
Climate Service UK is the next stage in ongoing developments at the Met Office and in the UK. The Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme, funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), was launched on 20 June 2012. It has enabled the organisation to take a leading role in delivering the National Climate Capability. This is the core science used to help Government make decisions to help the UK become resilient to climate variability and change. Just one year on, the launch of Climate Service UK shows how that science is being used to deliver real value. "The major developments we are seeing in the underpinning science are of course exciting," explained Chris Hewitt, Head of Climate Service Development at the Met Office, "but the really exciting developments for me are in applying this science to help decision-makers from across society."