Climate science: the Met Office Hadley Centre perspective


Seminar Rooms 1-2
Department of Earth Sciences
South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3AN

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Fri 18th Oct 2019
1pm - 2pm
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The Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) provides climate science and services to help people and organisations stay safe, well and prosperous.
Since its foundation in 1990, MOHC research, focused around World Climate Research Programme priorities, is helping to answer some of the fundamental questions in climate science and pulls through the science to develop climate services and advice in support of government policy. Through our years of pioneering research, our scientists have been working alongside researchers from the UK and around the globe, with this partnership approach being crucial for success.
This seminar will showcase some of the recent MOHC science highlights and also focus on the future looking at the changes in governmental and societal questions for climate science and services, the future role of climate modelling, the increasing need for partnerships, and the way we make the best use of new tools and technology, including AI and machine learning.

Professor Albert Klein Tank is Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre. He has built an international reputation in climate science, particularly from his work in analyzing climate trends, developing observational datasets and producing the national climate change scenarios in the Netherlands. Albert now has responsibility for the strategic leadership of the Met Office Hadley Centre research. Albert leads the staff of the Met Office Hadley Centre. He represents the work of the Centre to the external scientific community and Government sponsors and he represents Climate Science within the wider Met Office Science programme as a member of the Science Management Team. He holds a Professorship in Climate Services at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). Before Albert joined the Met Office in February 2018, he has been based at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) for 25 years. He was head of the R&D department on Observations and Data Technology. Albert completed his PhD on the topic: “Changing temperature and precipitation extremes in Europe’s climate of the 20th Century” at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) in 2004. He has coordinated a number of EU science projects. Albert has been Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on atmospheric observations in the IPCC-WGI Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC- AR5) published in 2013. He was a Lead Author in the IPCC-WGI Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007. He is co-chair of the Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices of WMO-CCL, WCRP-CLIVAR and JCOMM.

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