Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (JWCRP)

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The Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (JWCRP) is a joint programme between NERC and the Met Office. The aim of this programme is to ensure that the UK maintains and strengthens its leading international position in weather and climate science, and hence in weather and climate forecasting and provision of advice for policy.

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The programme was launched in March 2009 as the Joint Climate Research Programme. The programme's overarching aim is ensuring, in areas of common interest to the Met Office and NERC, that the UK maintains and strengthens its leading international position in climate science, and hence in climate forecasting and provision of advice for climate policy.

In its initial phase, five joint research posts and a Programme Manager post were created. The five research posts covered areas of existing collaboration that were considered as priorities for further development by NERC and the Met Office. The JCRP also established a jointly-owned partition (MONSooN - external link) of the new Met Office supercomputer to enable NERC and Met Office scientists to share data and run models on the same platform.

It was recognised that the areas of joint interest in both research and facilities extend beyond climate, good examples being the jointly owned research aircraft and existing cooperation on the Argo float programme.

Following the ground-breaking development of the JCRP and the level of cooperation that has ensued, it is clear that the benefits of broadening the scope of the JCRP to encompass all areas of joint interest could be substantial. In addition, the increasing appreciation of the seamless nature of weather and climate and the importance of fundamental oceanic and atmospheric processes and weather phenomena in climate prediction is driving a move towards a more unified approach to weather and climate research. These factors have led to the programme being renamed the Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme, JWCRP.

Ambition of the JWCRP

The ambition of the JWCRP reflects very closely that of the original JCRP. It has the following principal objectives:

  1. To ensure that the UK has access to internationally competitive tools and infrastructure for maintaining its world-leading national capability in observing, understanding, modelling and predicting weather and climate, and their impacts.
  2. To enable closer collaboration between NERC and the Met Office by working to eliminate existing barriers, to align more closely their respective research activities, and to ensure effective participation in relevant new research programmes from both organisations.
  3. To propose new activities to address critical gaps in the existing national portfolio of weather and climate research and to be actively involved in promoting and developing those activities.
  4. To develop mechanisms to promote the more effective pull through of research and development into improved weather and climate forecasts.

The JWCRP will allow the Met Office and NERC to speak with one voice on issues around major infrastructure investments, and will enable both organisations to demonstrate the optimal and efficient use of resources, building on existing initiatives, such as the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF) - external link.

Timing

Launched in 2009 this programme is an on-going collaboration between NERC and the Met Office.

Can I apply for a grant?

No, not at this time.

Budget

£600,000 for the 2010 funding round (joint contribution from NERC and the Met Office).

Programme awards

Award details are shown in our online grants browser - Grants on the Web.

2010 Funding round

View details of funded applications - external link