How Met Office science is reviewed

The Met Office Hadley Centre Science Review Group (SRG) is held jointly with the Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) which reviews Met Office Foundation, Weather and Climate Science programmes.

Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC)

The Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) meets annually to review the Met Office's Foundation, Weather and Climate Science programmes and the integrated nature of these programmes.

MOSAC also exists to raise any scientific concerns in relation to the ability of the Met Office's research plans to meet its customer's requirements and its own strategic aims.

MOSAC roles

MOSAC has the three key roles:

  1. To provide an independent assessment of the quality and relevance of the Met Office's scientific research which underpins its weather, climate and oceanographic services.
  2. To ensure that the Met Office, through its science programmes and other activities, provides the best possible services and advice to customers.
  3. To foster productive links with the global meteorological and climate community.

Met Office Hadley Centre Science Review Group (SRG)

The Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) Science Review Group (SRG) brings together leading scientists from UK and international academia to carry out an independent review of the climate research carried out by the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme (MOHCCP) to advise its government customers on the quality, robustness and relevance of our science outputs.

SRG roles

At a high level the SRG has three roles:

  1. Assessing the extent to which the MOHC Climate Programme undertakes science of the appropriate quality to provide the best advice on climate science to its government customers.
  2. Assessing the relevance and impact that the Climate Programme has in providing climate science and services to support UK government policy and wider MOHC activities.
  3. Assessing the impact that the Climate Programme has on the wider UK and international community, including its relationship with UK research organisations, and the effectiveness of its communication activities. 

SRG annual meeting

The annual meeting of SRG is held jointly with the Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) to ensure efficient communication between the two groups.

Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme: Science Review Group (SRG) members

This advertisement is for three members of the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme Science Review Group. It is posted on behalf of The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) are seeking three new members of the Science Review Group (SRG), which advises the UK Government on the content, progress, scientific excellence, relevance and impact of the MOHCCP.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an international group of leading experts and directors of research institutes, in order to gain a comprehensive view of Met Office climate research and to help shape the Programme.

The appointment is for 4 years initially (covering annual meetings and reports from 2022 to 2025 inclusive) with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 8 years. The Terms of Reference for the SRG are available here

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You will be an internationally-recognised expert in a topic (or topics) of climate research relevant to the MOHCCP, with experience in either directing or reviewing large research programmes, and with evidence of strategic thinking. At the moment the SRG is particularly looking to add expertise in the following areas:
    • climate change in developing countries including applications to decision making;
    • atmospheric processes, climate dynamics and climate modelling;
    • earth observations related to climate change.
  • You will not be an existing member of staff in the Met Office or MOHC.

The role is honorary, however, travel and subsistence for attendance at meetings will be provided.

The time commitment is:

  • Preparation for annual SRG meetings through reading of background papers;
  • Physical or virtual attendance at the annual three-day SRG meeting at the Met Office, Exeter, routinely held in January;
  • Contribution to the SRG report to be delivered to Government by the end of the month following the SRG meeting.

To apply please send both your CV and a short covering letter describing how your expertise makes you a suitable candidate for the role to [email protected] by midnight on Monday 17th May.

CVs will be sifted by an assessment panel and all candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after that process is completed.

Any prospective applicants wanting to find out more about the role can contact Rachel Flint at BEIS ([email protected]) or Rowan Sutton, current Chair of the SRG ([email protected]).

BEIS and Defra are equal opportunity employers. They do not discriminate or tolerate any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

External independent experts

SRG and MOSAC comprises external independent experts in the field of climate science, meteorology, oceanography or numerical weather prediction drawn from UK universities, and from meteorological services and climate institutions of other countries.