UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Vicky Pope

Vicky Pope

Honorary Professor

Professor Vicky Pope has been Head of Science and Technology Futures at the Met Office since 2011. She is responsible for anticipating new requirements for the weather and climate services of the Met Office and for finding new ways to exploit their capabilities to meet government objectives. She has developed partnerships across organisations including the Environment Agency, Defra, a number of government funded Catapults, NERC centres and the US Army Corps of Engineers Research Centre. She led the Met Office response on publicly important and often contentious issues including climate change, air quality, drought and access to data. She is also exploring the innovative use of weather and climate data across a range of sectors.

She is a member of the Met Office Government Services Board (responsible for 85% of Met Office revenue) and has a range of senior advisory roles and board positions in government, universities and the private sector. Highlights include being an official judge for the Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize (3 times), a Member of Climate Change Commission for Wales and a member of the Science Advisory Board for Climate Change gallery at the Science Museum. She was also recently a Member of the NERC National Capability National Public Good Assessment Panel.

Vicky joined the Met Office in the 1980s with a Mathematics degree from Cambridge and later obtained her PhD in Meteorology. She led teams in stratospheric research and climate model development during the 1990s. In particular she led the development of the Met Office Hadley Centre atmospheric models used in IPCC 3rd and 4th Assessment Reports and for the UK Climate Projections released in 2009 (UKCP09) and still in use today. From 2002 Vicky took on senior roles leading the Met Office climate research programme for various government departments - MoD, Defra and DECC, ensuring that the Met Office provided tailored climate change science to underpin policy development. For example she led the Met Office contribution of science to the Stern Review on the economics of climate change, and worked on improving communication of climate change science. She has published a number of articles in the national news media and was lucky enough to be asked to write a chapter on climate change for The Earth and I: a book of essays edited by James Lovelock.