National Capability

National Capability (NC) funding supports research that is vital for the long-term success of UK environmental science, but whose scale and complexity means it cannot be delivered in an openly competitive way.  NERC’s way of commissioning this is through its Long Term Science (LTS) Programme, which encourages its research centres* to work closely together to tackle the major scientific and societal challenges which no single institute has the capacity to address.  Instead they need an integrated team of scientists working across institutional and disciplinary boundaries in a coherent, strategic manner.

CPOM is currently involved in three NC-LTS initiatives: ORCHESTRA, ACSIS and UKESM, all of which run for five years from 2016 to 2021.

*British Antarctic Survey (BAS); British Geological Survey (BGS); Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH); CPOM; National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS); National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO); National Oceanography Centre (NOC); Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports
Advancing understanding of and capability to predict the ocean’s impact on climate change 


The North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study
Enhancing the UK’s capability to detect, attribute and predict changes in the North Atlantic Climate System


The UK Earth System Modelling Project
Developing a world-leading UK Earth System Model