Met Office: new ‘supercomputer’ will help combat climate change


The UK government has announced a £1.2 billion investment in a supercomputer to help improve severe weather and climate forecasting,

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the data from the device will be used to inform government climate change policy. The department is also promising “more sophisticated rainfall predictions,” “better forecasting at airports,” and “more detailed information for the energy sector.”

The technology will be managed by the Met office.

Speaking of the investment, business and energy secretary Alok Sharma said: “Over the last 30 years, new technologies have meant more accurate weather forecasting, with storms being predicted up to five days in advance.

“Our significant investment for a new supercomputer will further speed up weather predictions, helping people be more prepared for weather disruption.”

Met Office chief executive, professor Penny Endersby said: “This will ultimately provide earlier, more accurate, warning of severe weather. [It will also provide] the information needed to build a more resilient world in a changing climate, and help support the transition to a low carbon economy across the UK.

“It will help the UK to continue to lead the field in weather and climate science and services, working collaboratively to ensure that the benefits of our work help government, the public and industry make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.”

The Met Office already uses supercomputing technology in its environmental forecasting, as evidenced by its recent work in advance of storms Ciara and Dennis, as well as 2018’s ‘Beast from the East.’

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