Climate Service UK launched at the Institute of Physics

4 June 2013

The Institute of Physics (IOP) hosted the launch of Climate Service UK on Monday 3 June, a new initiative led by the Met Office to provide users with information to help them manage exposure to climate variability and change.

Secretary of State, Ed Davey

Speaking at the launch, Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “Climate Service UK builds on a foundation of world-leading science and I’m sure will become an essential framework for advising on the risks and opportunities of a changing climate.”

Climate Service UK uses the Met Office’s expanding knowledge of climate science, ever-improving climate forecasts, and growing understanding of how climate impacts society and the environment and marks a step-change in the provision of services to assess how a changing climate might affect business and society.

Julia Slingo, Met Office Chief Scientist, said: “The volatile weather of 2012 illustrates society’s increasing vulnerability and exposure to climate-related hazards. Together with our global network of partners across government, academia and business, we are well placed to rise to the challenge of delivering Climate Service UK that addresses the needs of societies everywhere.”

Recognising that advice is needed worldwide to support decisions on managing exposure to climate variability and change, the World Meteorological Organization has created the Global Framework for Climate Services. Climate Service UK is the Met Office response to this in the UK.