The Met Office is the UK's National Meteorological Service and a leading provider of operational monitoring and forecasting of metocean conditions both for the UK and internationally. The Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change provides world leading research into climate issues, forming the basis for climate change advisory services to government and businesses.
The Met Office's main contribution to NCOF is work undertaken by the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development group which provides:
- capabilities to produce marine and ocean forecasts on an operational (routine, timely and robust) basis;
- technical expertise in the development and transition to operations of systems for deep ocean, shelf-seas, surface wave and sea-ice forecasts;
- scientific expertise in ocean, shelf-seas, surface wave and sea-ice models, assimilation of data and the assessment of forecasts;
- experience in liaising with and delivering weather and oceanographic forecasts and services to a wide range of government and commercial agencies.
The Met Office provides further services to the marine sector including:
- issuing Shipping Forecasts;
- issuing coastal flood warnings within the UK's Storm Tide Forecasting Service;
- contributing to the international ARGO Float program;
- maintaining and collecting data from the UK's network of Marine Automatic Weather Stations and Voluntary Observing Ships;
- holding the project office for the GODAE High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP);
- providing commercial forecast and consultancy services to marine based industries.
To find out more, follow the link to the Met Office Homepage.
(Last Updated: 07-01-2008)