Case Study - Defra: Met Office Hadley Centre Review 2006
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Risk Solutions lead a multidisciplinary team to deliver the recent fundamental review of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change Research on behalf of Defra and the MoD. This comprehensive review addressed:
The conclusions of the review were generally very positive. The Met Office Hadley Centre is currently internationally regarded as one of the leading climate modelling centres in the world, and in general it is providing high quality, fit for purpose outputs focused on the customers’ requirements. The UK Government’s leading role in international climate change policy has been strongly supported by Hadley’s world leading status and Hadley’s stakeholders value this international standing. The report made a number of practical recommendations to ensure that the Centre could continue to deliver world class, policy relevant science into the future.
We also recommended that the UK Government take a strategic decision about the value it places on the Met Office Hadley Centre’s world-leading status. Other governments around the world are developing their climate science capabilities, so for the UK to remain ahead of the rest of the world will require an increase in resources, in real terms, particularly in the area of supercomputing.
The final report is available on Defra’s website at randd.defra.gov.uk.