Met Office's new supercomputer
The new supercomputer will 'cement the UK's position as a world leader in weather and climate prediction'.
The new £97m High Performance Computer (HPC) - unveiled on 28 October - will be 13-times more powerful than the current system used by the Met Office - able to perform over 16,000 trillion calculations per second.
It should enable forecast updates every hour and be able to provide very high detail weather information for precise geographical areas - applying very high resolution (300m) models to better determine the risk and timing of disruptive weather events such as flooding, strong winds, fog and heavy snowfall more effectively.
The HPC will also be used to explore the benefits of adapting the resolution to improve UK winter forecasts out to months ahead, and to assess the specific regional impacts of climate change such as floods, droughts and heatwaves.
Such sophisticated forecasts are anticipated to deliver £2bn of socio-economic benefits to the UK by enabling better advance preparation and contingency plans to protect homes and businesses.
The 140-tonne supercomputer will be based at the Met Office and Exeter Science Park. It is hoped that it will be a catalyst for regional growth in the South West, supporting collaboration and partnerships between science, business and academia.
The first phase of the HPC will be operational in September 2015 and the system will reach full capacity in 2017.
Details from the Met Office below . .