NERC has identified a clear aim: in the global context, NERC-funded science must play a leading role in the development of risk-based predictions of the future state of the climate – on regional and local scales, spanning days to decades. We must collaborate with key partners, notably the Met Office Hadley Centre, to help develop an improved predictive capability. The predictions will become the foundations on which people can build future mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Dr Richard Wood has an internationally recognised track record in climate research and a wide knowledge of the science and policy issues. He has contributed to and managed a number of major projects - for example, he was the UK project manager for the first stage of the UK-Japan Climate Collaboration project to build high-resolution climate models on the Earth Simulator supercomputer in Japan, and played a leading role in developing the NERC RAPID and RAPID-Watch Climate Change programmes to provide an early warning system for climate changes in the Atlantic Ocean. Since 2006 he has provided management and leadership to a group of research scientists in his role as Head of Climate, Cryosphere & Oceans at the Met Office Hadley Centre.
There are no consultations in progress at the moment.
NERC's governing Council has approved action plans for each theme.