Working with the Met Office
The University of Exeter works with the Met Office to tackle key challenges in weather and climate prediction as part of an in-depth research partnership which also includes the universities of Leeds, Oxford and Reading.
The University of Exeter’s areas of expertise for the partnership include earth system science; using maths and statistics to study weather and climate; and looking at the links between human health, weather and climate.
The partnership has developed strongly since the Met Office relocated to Exeter in 2003 and there are in the region of 80 collaborative projects underway or in the pipeline, with a total value of £18million, including studentships and research projects.
To encourage closer collaboration between the two organisations, the Met Office and the University jointly fund four posts:
- Prof Mat Collins – Joint Chair in the Statistical Analysis of Weather and Climate
- Prof John Thuburn – Joint Chair in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
- Prof Richard Betts – Climate impacts
- Prof Jim Haywood – Professor of Atmospheric Science
Climate, health and wellbeing
Facing climate risks
Our understanding of how storm clustering can impact on severe weather risks was improved by the Regional Assessment of Climate Impact on European Windstorms (RACEWIN) project. Data from the Met Office Hadley Centre was used to numerically model storm events.
The project was also used to set up the European Windstorm Research Exchange, a forum bringing together academics and risk catastrophe experts.
The project was funded by the AXA Research Fund.