Research themes

The Met Office partnership is structured around five research themes:

Atmospheric Observations and Processes

We work in collaboration to make accurate field measurements of weather and climate. Often in remote parts of the world and on tiny scales, these measurements help us to develop new theoretical ideas and to improve computer models of the atmosphere.

Atmospheric Composition

Our research combines laboratory and field measurements and new models to explain the atmospheric composition of the Earth. We maintain world-class computer models and use our research to improve Met Office weather and climate forecasts.

Climate Impacts

We develop models for climate impacts, to better understand the influence of climate on agriculture, health and water resources. We work with physical climate models and collaborate with social scientists to convey these impacts to climate services.

Weather, Climate and Social Science

Linking the physical science expertise of the partnership with social science expertise at Leeds, we apply technical knowledge to support scientific insights, enhance decision making and ultimately contribute to a safer and more sustainable future. This includes weather, climate communication and food security.

Computational Approaches

Computational approaches are fundamental to weather and climate prediction, but this is a rapidly evolving field with new hardware requiring new approaches for software, approaches such as machine learning allowing new insights and solutions, and computational approaches being applied beyond the ‘core’ of weather and climate, to impacts and decision making. This theme brings together expertise from the Met Office, with CEMAC, as well as other expertise in Leeds, including in the School of Computing.