Weather and climate predictions are inherently difficult because of the sheer amount of data which must be processed. If the science of prediction is to be ever more accurate it will need powerful computers backing it up.
Scientists came to the SMC to discuss the future of forecasting, what high-powered computers can and can’t do, and how the extra information can be used in future.
At this briefing, science minister Greg Clark announced the funding of a £97m computer dedicated to weather and climate science.
Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities
Rob Varley, Chief Executive, Met Office
Prof Pier Luigi Vidale, Willis Professor of Climate System Science and Climate Hazards, University of Reading