UK supercomputing infrastructure delivers improved accuracy in predicting hazardous weather which protects lives and saves millions of pounds through damage limitation.
The MONSooN supercomputing capability and its successor MONSooN 2, facilitate collaboration in climate and weather modelling. A partnership between the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Met Office, they provide a common computing platform, post-processing capability, a fast data link and access to data archives.
Benefits of improved weather modelling and forecasting include:
- Improved weather forecasting has saved £76–127 million per year in reduction in flood damage
- Reduction in the £500 million per day cost to the economy of heavy snow, and a reduction in cold weather-related deaths among vulnerable people
- More accurate and earlier flood warnings during the winter storms of 2013–2014 protected a million homes, saved £2 billion in UK insurance pay-outs and avoided £2.6 billion of lost working in London
- Incorporated atmospheric measurements from the UK’s cutting-edge research aircraft, the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), into Met Office weather models has improved accuracy and helped the Environment Agency, NHS, local authorities, agriculture and transport meet weather-related challenges.