Observing London

Weather observation is a crucial part of London’s adaptation. Every day we use weather information to know when to take an umbrella or wrap up warm, but weather data are also critical for transport, businesses and government. Observations help us understand how our buildings, infrastructure, and other systems are performing under certain weather conditions, and allow us to monitor the effectiveness of our adaptation activities.

The Observing London project builds upon an LCCP report and its main recommendation: the establishment of a London Climate Data Portal. Currently there is a large amount of weather data (of enormous value to a range of sectors) collected in London. However despite its value, much of it is not accessible or even available in some cases. There is also a need to ensure the quality of data, and to calibrate it for use in conjunction with data used for other scientific purposes, like air pollution monitoring.

Improving the quality and access to weather data helps us to better understand and adapt to current and future conditions, ensuring London’s resilience. Unlocking and co-ordinating London’s weather data could also lead to a variety of economic benefits by stimulating new businesses and enabling efficiencies in existing operations.

Reviving the discussion: Improving weather monitoring in London

On March 29, 2019, LCCP hosted a group of scientists and sector experts for a discussion about weather monitoring needs and opportunities in London. Professor Sue Grimmond of Reading University presented a review of the project findings, which she said are still relevant. Participants explored how to better coordinate across data users and providers with different planning and scientific agendas (for example, air quality and heat). There was also discussion of what monitoring currently exists, the priority data gaps/needs, the potential for placement of monitoring stations, and the barriers to monitoring and using weather data.


Observing London – review of findings – Professor Sue Grimmond, Reading University

Weather observation capability and opportunities – Dr. Thomas Dowling, Kings College London

Note of the discussion (TBA)

Further research:

High-Resolution Monitoring of Weather Impacts On Infrastructure Networks Using the Internet of Things (Lee Chapman and Simon J. Bell)

If you collect weather data of any kind, or if you are interested in being part of this project, please get in touch.