Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

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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, 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.[1] [2]

Major aims

The Centre has several major aims:

  • To understand physical, chemical and biological processes within the climate system and develop state-of-the-art climate models which represent them
  • To use climate models to simulate global and regional climate variability and change over the last 100 years and to predict changes over the next 100 years
  • To monitor global and national climate variability and change
  • To attribute recent changes in climate to specific factors
  • To understand, with the aim of predicting, the natural inter-annual to decadal variability of climate

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.

The climate model (HadCM3) developed by the centre is used for climate change research purposes across the world.

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.

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