DECC is investing £60 million in the Met Office Hadley Centre's Climate Programme to help maintain the UK's place as a global leader in climate research and modelling
Most of the money, almost £50 million, will fund a programme of research and modelling up to 2015. DECC says outputs from the programme will help the government, businesses, local authorities and other organisations to understand better the threats and opportunities of climate change and assist them to identify where to take appropriate action.
The remainder of the money (£11 million) will fund a new high-performance computing system to underpin the research.
“The Met Office Hadley Centre has helped to make the UK a world leader in climate science and this investment will significantly improve its capacity to produce the ground-breaking robust evidence for which it is internationally renowned,” said energy and climate change minister Greg Barker.