Julia Slingo became Met Office Chief Scientist in February 2009.
Before joining the Met Office she was the Director of Climate Research in NERC’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science, at the University of Reading, where she is still a Professor of Meteorology.
In 2006 she founded the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at Reading, aimed at addressing the cross disciplinary challenges of climate change and its impacts.
She has had a long-term career in climate modelling and research, working at the Met Office, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the USA.
Julia was made a Dame in the 2014 New Year Honours for her services to weather and climate science.
Met Office Chief Scientist
The Chief Scientist is responsible for:
- providing scientific and technical strategy
- ensuring the organisation follows good scientific and technical standards
- directing and managing research and development within the Met Office
- representing the office, on science and technology, across government