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U.K. to Spend $1.6 Billion on World’s Best Climate Supercomputer

  • New machine will help Met Office forecast weather, climate
  • U.K. aims to demonstrate it leads world in climate research
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The U.K. said it will spend 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) on developing the most powerful weather and climate supercomputer in the world.

The program aims to improve weather and climate modeling by the government forecaster, the Met Office, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said in a statement Monday. The machine will replace the U.K.’s existing supercomputer, which is already one of the 50 most powerful in the world.