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Met Office and University of Exeter back environmental intelligence centre


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The Met Office and the University of Exeter have signed a collaboration agreement, formally committing to further grow the work of the Joint Centre of Excellence in Environmental Intelligence.

Initially set up December 2020, the centre focuses on joining environmental data with artificial intelligence to create solutions to some of society’s most important challenges.

The organisations have agreed on a five-year commitment to support the continued development and impacts of the centre.

It is aimed at providing insights for decision making and building the capability to fully use AI in addressing climate change.

It collaborates with The Alan Turning Institute, the UK’s national centre for data science and AI, and provides a hub for research and training.

Professor Stephen Belcher, chief scientist at the Met Office, said: “It’s vitally important that we collaborate to address some of society’s most pressing issues. By working with the University of Exeter on the Joint Centre, we’re able to pool talent to use the latest technology and advancements to provide tangible information for policy makers around the globe.”

Professor Mark Goodwin, deputy vice chancellor at the University of Exeter, commented: “This long term commitment to the Joint Centre is incredibly welcome and timely. I am excited to see the potential of environmental intelligence being unlocked in the coming years, and further development of innovative solutions to help tackle the environmental challenges faced by humanity.”

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