'Ask the Experts' project for climate change

Tuesday 22nd Feb 2011 by theWeather Club

On 17th February 2011 the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project began inviting the public to submit their questions about climate change. Anyone who is confused or curious about climate change can send their questions via the OPAL website at www.opalexplorenature.org Scientists from the Met Office will look at the questions and publish answers to as many of them as possible online, with particular emphasis on popular or trending topics.

For many people, climate change is surrounded by myths and misunderstandings. The OPAL Climate Centre, developed by the Met Office, aims to untangle some of them. Mark McCarthy, climate scientist at the Met Office said: "Weather and climate are two of the most talked about topics today. We want to help everyone understand the important issues we face, as well as answering any questions they may have. "No question is too daft or simplistic. We want people to tell us what confuses them about climate change and we will try to widen their understanding of this difficult topic."

In addition to its 'ask the climate experts' service, the OPAL Climate Survey, will be launched in March 2011. The survey, designed to help everyone learn about climate and how people impact on it, will also provide scientists with data which will help them predict weather and climate patterns.