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UKCP18 Project

UKCP18 Project announcement

Following the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December 2015, the UK Climate Projections will have a major upgrade to make sure decision-makers have the most up-to-date information on the future of our climate. This was announced by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 15 January 2016.

The UKCP18 project will build upon the current set of projections (UKCP09), which provide crucial information about how we can expect our climate to change over future decades. These tools help decision-makers assess the full range of risks from the changing climate and advise how we can adapt.

Benefiting from £12m of government investment, the UKCP18 project is harnessing the latest science and supercomputing capabilities from the Met Office Hadley Centre, combined with the expertise of the Environment Agency and Defra to build on the success of UKCP09.

The UKCP18 project will update the UKCP09 projections over UK land areas and update UKCP09 projections of sea-level rise, giving greater regional detail, further analysis of the risks we face, both nationally and globally, and provide more information on potential extremes and impacts of climate change.

Defra's Chief Scientific Advisor, Ian Boyd said:

"UKCP18 is using the world-class scientific capabilities of the Met Office to ensure that we continue to have the best available information on the full range of climate risks to inform UK adaptation. We know how vital this information is for the future of climate resilience. User feedback will be invaluable in shaping what is delivered through this project."

Project progress

Work on UKCP18 is underway, with products becoming available over the next two years. Regular updates on the project will be reported from the UKCP09 website, or by registering for updates.

For further information, please see the UKCP18 Project Q&A.

UKCP18 Project Technical Description [13kb]