Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

For the historic district in Massachusetts, see Hadley Center Historic District.

The Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change — named in honour of George Hadley — is one of the United Kingdom's leading centres for the study of scientific issues associated with climate change. It is part of, and based at the headquarters of the Met Office in Exeter.


The Hadley Centre was founded in 1990,[1] having been approved by the then British Prime Minister Mrs Margaret Thatcher and was first named the Hadley Centre for Climate Research and Prediction but subsequently renamed on various occasions.[2][3]

Major aims

The Centre has several major aims:

In 2005 the centre hosted the international scientific conference Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change.

The Met Office employs over 1500 staff, with approximately 200 working in its climate research unit. Most of its funding comes from contracts with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), other United Kingdom Government departments and the European Commission. It also works closely with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) providing worldwide climate forecasting and predictions.

The climate model (HadCM3) developed by the centre is used for climate change research purposes across the world. It covers both Ocean modelling and Atmospheric Modelling.[4] Collecting data from across the world.[5]

Research projects based on Hadley Centre climate models

The volunteer computing project ClimatePrediction.net is a research team based at the University of Oxford conducting research into global climate change using adapted versions of the climate models developed at the Hadley Centre. Individuals can participate in the research efforts by donating spare computer resources to aid their research.

The PRECIS (Providing Regional Climates for Impacts Studies) project enables scientists from the around the globe to run a regional climate model towards carrying out research into climate change.

See also


  1. Kingdom, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3PB, United. "Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme". Met Office. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  2. How Margaret Thatcher Made the Conservative Case for Climate Action, James West, Mother Jones (magazine), Mon Apr. 8, 2013
  3. An Inconvenient Truth About Margaret Thatcher: She Was a Climate Hawk, Will Oremus, Slate (magazine) April 8, 2013
  4. "HadCM3". Wikipedia. 2016-11-11.
  5. Kingdom, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3PB, United. "Met Office climate prediction model: HadCM3". Met Office. Retrieved 2016-11-14.

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