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Science & Technology»MET Office Funding Cut

»Friday, July 3,2009

The Met Office, funded by the MoD looks set to suffer because of the war in afghanistan.The Met Office, home of UK weather soothsaying, is getting its climate research budget chopped by a quarter after the Ministry of Defence ended financial support to focus on "current operations."

 

A loss of £4.3m ($7m) funding will hit the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change, according to the science journal Nature. The research institute provides the government with bleeding-edge computer models indicating which parts of the UK should stockpile sunscreen and floaties for the coming Thermageddon.

The pull-out will be the first time Met Office climate research has gone without MoD money. For several years now, the MoD has been the Hadley Center's primary customer and funder for climate modeling.

"Global and regional security will be threatened by climate change, and the MoD is hopelessly wrong to think it is outside its responsibility," climate scientist Martin Parry told Nature. Parry formerly worked at the Met Office and is now with Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.

An MoD spokesperson said the cuts, which take effect immediately, were made with the intent of "prioritizing success in current operations, such as Afghanistan".

The Met Office is reportedly in negotiations with its other funders - including the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change - to recoup the lost cash.

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Science is always heavily funded when in the aid of weapons development. But then how much more research is needed, by the sounds of it, things are going to get worse, do we really need to know how much?
Pete Borrowdale - Wednesday, July 1,2009
Science is always heavily funded when in the aid of weapons development. But then how much more research is needed, by the sounds of it, things are going to get worse, do we really need to know how much?
Pete Borrowdale - Wednesday, July 1,2009
I thought the Met Office was setup as running under commercial standards within the MoD in the hope of creating a viable pseudo-business but without the meddling of civil servants.
Brian Appleton - Wednesday, July 1,2009
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