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Mathematics for Climate Network


20th October 2016
In this Newsletter:

ReCoVER Funding Calls | Call for UK Experts in Climate Change to scope IPCC Sixth Assessment Report | Chaos and confidence in weather forecasting | National Centre for Atmospheric Science Vacancy - Computational Scientist for UKESM Core Development Team SF14072 | National Centre for Earth Observation Vacancy - UKESM Core Scientist SF14512 | PDRA Opportunity in extended-range flood forecasting based at Reading University | Subscription Details

ReCoVER Funding Calls (Back to Top)

Outreach Funding:

Outreach funding is available from ReCoVER for activities that highlight research within the ReCoVER remit to the general public or to end users. Funding of up to £1k is available for actitivies of up to 3 months and can include travel and subsistence expenses, venue hire, consumables for user engagement, equipment expenses, refreshments and PhD student and postgrad time.

Mini-Project or Meeting Fund:

Funding is available from ReCoVER to support researchers who wish to organise a small collaborative visit or a small meeting. Funding is up to £2K and for up to 1 month and can be used for travel and subsistence and consumable expenses.


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Call for UK Experts in Climate Change to scope IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (Back to Top)

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy calls for UK Experts in Climate Change to scope IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

The IPCC are producing their Sixth Assessment Report about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the scoping of this report.

The Scoping Meeting will be held “tentatively on 1-5 May 2017” at a venue that is to be confirmed.

For further information see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/call-for-uk-experts-in-climate-change-to-scope-ipcc-sixth-assessment-report


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Chaos and confidence in weather forecasting (Back to Top)

A Royal Meteorological Society National Meeting sponsored by the Grantham Institute.

Chaos leads to uncertainty in weather forecasts, which grows the further into the future we try to predict. This meeting aims to discuss how chaos is taken into account in order to assign confidence levels (and probabilities) to weather forecasts. It will also cover how such "probabilistic" forecasts are assessed, and how they can be used by industry and the public.

This meeting is open to all and will be accessible to a broad audience.

14th December 2016
14:00 - 18:00
Imperial College, South Kensington Campus


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National Centre for Atmospheric Science Vacancy - Computational Scientist for UKESM Core Development Team SF14072 (Back to Top)

NCAS, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
Full-Time, Fixed Term for 3 years

Vacancy Reference: SF14072
Closing Date: 30th October 2016
Salary: £29,301 to £38,138 per annum
Start date: As soon as possible
Interview date: TBC
Further details and to apply online: http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=345274BN39

We require a motivated and qualified Scientific Software Engineer to join the UK Earth system model core development team, which has responsibility to develop, apply, evaluate and support the use of future generation UK Earth system models (UKESM). The applicant will work on developing and supporting the use of flexible software tools for diagnostic evaluation of UKESM simulations. A key requirement will be regular interaction with a range of UK scientists engaged in the development and evaluation of UKESM, in particular working with these scientists to support the development of novel evaluation tools.

You will have:
- a PhD in computational science, mathematics or a quantitative physical science (or equivalent research experience)
- a clear ability to develop novel approaches to handling large volumes of simulation data.
- Extensive experience in programming languages such as; Python, Unix/Linux, C++, Fortran
- Knowledge of programming in a massively parallel environment.

Past experience in working with large geophysical numerical models would be an advantage

Informal contact details
Contact name: Colin Jones; phone : +44 (0)782 690 3925; email: [log in to unmask]

Alternative informal contact details
Contact name: Grenville Lister; phone: +44 (0) 118 378 7995; email: [log in to unmask]


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National Centre for Earth Observation Vacancy - UKESM Core Scientist SF14512 (Back to Top)

NCEO, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
Full Time, Fixed Term until 31 March 2021

Vacancy Reference: SF14512
Closing Date: 30th October 2016
Salary: £29,301 to £38,138 per annum
Start date: As soon as possible
Interview date: TBC
Further details & to apply online: http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=812795BLhp

We seek a motivated researcher to join the UK Earth system model core development team, which has responsibility to develop, apply, evaluate and support the use of future generation UK Earth system models (UKESM). The applicant will work on the development of novel evaluation tools and techniques to exploit satellite data in the evaluation of the UK's new Earth system model, UKESM1. This is an exciting opportunity to join both the UKESM core team and the new NERC-funded UKESM Long Term Science Multi-centre project. UKESM1will be a national UK modelling resource and constitutes the UK's primary contribution to the forthcoming 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). The initial scientific focus of the post will be on evaluating biophysical and biogeochemical land-atmosphere interactions involving the carbon and water cycles.

You will have:
- Excellent programming skills
- Demonstrable experience of working with large data sets, ideally satellite-based, and their use in model evaluation
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Good knowledge of Earth system and climate science, and a desire to work at the cutting edge of this field

The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distributed centre of approximately 100 scientists from UK institutions including the University of Reading. This role will form part of NCEO's commitment to delivering National Capability in Earth Observation science to NERC and forms a part of the NCEO contribution to the UKESM LTSM project and the UKESM core group.

Informal contact details
Contact name: Tristan Quaife; phone: +44 (0)118 378 8743; email: [log in to unmask]

Alternative informal contact details
Contact name: Colin Jones; phone: +44 (0)782 690 3925; email: [log in to unmask]


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PDRA Opportunity in extended-range flood forecasting based at Reading University (Back to Top)

Reading University are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join a large international project team working on improving Forecast-based Financing (FbF), which uses forecasts of natural hazards to initiate humanitarian preparedness actions. The role will explore the current limits of predictability in flood forecasting and how they can be extended by considering the role of teleconnections, particularly for parts of Africa. This post is part of the FATHUM project (FORECASTS for ANTICIPATORY HUMANITARIAN ACTION) which is funded by NERC as part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) programme.

Candidates will have:
- Post-doctoral experience in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience

- Knowledge of environmental modelling and forecasting.

- A willingness to work closely with partners at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

This is a full-time, fixed-term opportunity for up to 48 months based in the Department of Geography and Environment Science

Closing date: 25th October 2016

Salary: Grade 6 - £29,301 to £38,183 per annum

Location: Whiteknights Campus, Reading University

For more details contact:
Acting Principal Investigator: Prof Hannah Cloke; +44 (0)118 378 6974; [log in to unmask]

Or see the website: https://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=198990BITs


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