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11th December 2015
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Festive Greetings from CliMathNet | Computational and Data Challenges in Environmental Modelling | Achieving impact through stakeholder-focused proposals | Subscription Details

Festive Greetings from CliMathNet (Back to Top)

As 2015 draws to a close, CliMathNet is pleased to report on yet another successful year. CliMathNet sponsored events include:

• Non-equilibrium Dynamins of Climate: linking models to data at Dartington Hall in January 2015. This workshop explored ideas and various methodologies of non-equilibrium dynamics in order to improve understanding of the dynamics and variability of climate events, extremes and the emergence of spatio-temporal correlations.

• Decision analysis for policy in climate change adaption and mitigation, at the University of Exeter in April 2015. This event was well attended by a diverse spectrum of the climate community including scientists, decision makers, policy advisors and members of the statistical and decision analysis communities. Topical discussions generating ideas for novel multi-disciplinary approaches for the improved provision of decision and policy support tools were the highlight of the event.

• Statistics for Climate Science: A course for principal investigators held in London in September 2015. This proved effective for the sharing of information and understanding of statistical modelling, inference, Bayesian methods and risk and uncertainty between Principal Investigators.

• Two CliMathNet sponsored mini-symposia were held during the 35th edition of Dynamics Days Europe in September 2015. “Response, variability and transitions in geographical systems” as organised by V. Lucarini and A. von der Heydt and “Nonlinear and stochastic dynamics in weather and climate science” as organised by F. Kwasniok.

• During the Royal Statistical Society Annual Conference 2015, D. Williamson organised a session on the Role of Statistics in the Analysis of Climate Models.

The highlight of the CliMathNet Calendar was the third annual CliMathNet Conference, hosted by the University of Bath in July 2015. During this event we welcomed representatives from the four newly-funded EPSRC “Maths for LWEC” Networks to the scene, Research on Changes of Variability and Environmental Risk (ReCoVER), Statistics of Environmental Change, Resources and Ecosystems (SECURE), Past Earth Networks (PEN) and Maths Foresees.

CliMathNet currently has over 200 members and is still growing. We welcome suggestions for news items that will be of interest to the wider membership, as well as new members: see for details of how to sign up.

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2015 has also seen a successful start to the ReCoVER project which, among other aims, will maintain the CliMathNet identity and community for the next three years. This commenced in April: so far we have had two feasibility funding calls from which several high quality projects have benefited from awards and one workshop held at Dartington in May, which focused on Integrated Assessment Modelling.

Looking ahead to 2016, ReCoVER is set to start the year running with the following meetings and events.

• Workshop on Mathematical challenges of managing energy variability in the face of weather and climate variability, Birmingham. 14th – 15th January 2016
• The first Annual ReCoVER Advisory Board Meeting, London. 18th January 2016
• Tipping Points Workshop, Dartington. 17th – 20th April 2016
• The third Feasibility Funding Call deadline. March 2016
• We also expect to be advertising a schedule of Webinars early in the new year, so keep an eye open for Newsletter bulletins and Website information to this effect.

We wish you all the very best for the coming Holidays and look forward to seeing, hearing from, and engaging with all our Members in the New Year.


Computational and Data Challenges in Environmental Modelling (Back to Top)

10th February 2016, the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK.

We would like to invite you to attend a one day workshop on the Computational and Data Challenges in Environmental Modelling to be held at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge on 10th February 2016. The event is being delivered with the Probability Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment (PURE) Knowledge Exchange Network with contributions from SECURE, ReCoVER and the Institute of Physics.

Background and Aims:

The aim of this event will be to discuss how the most recent developments in computer sciences and the availability of new environmental data may be harnessed to advance large environmental models, including models of climate change and natural disasters.

The day will focus on aspects of both models and data - with speakers from industry and academia covering a range of topics.

Discussions are likely to include:

• Building complex environmental models
• Modern techniques in computational statistics
• The availability and quality of open data for environmental modelling
• Using environmental data to build new models
• How to use new technologies to collect novel environmental data.

Starting at 10.00, this workshop will include a programme of talks and it will close with a facilitated panel session, followed by a drinks and networking session at 17.00.

The event will bring together people from computational and environmental sciences communities, including those from different hazards areas. Attendees are likely to be academics, industrialists, owners and/operators of HPC and cloud facilities and Research Councils.

Poster Opportunity:

Participants are welcome to present a poster at the event. If you are interested, please highlight this on your registration, under the “Additional information” section.


Attendance at this event is free. To register please follow the link on the event webpage.


Achieving impact through stakeholder-focused proposals (Back to Top)

20–21 January 2016, Egrove Park, Oxford

For EPSRC-funded early career researchers working on adaptation and resilience in the built environment and infrastructure sectors, who are looking to develop research proposals with a strong impact focus.

• Registration for 20–21 January
• Information and agenda (pdf, 200 KB)

Identifying the potential impact of research and understanding how to achieve this impact are key skills needed by researchers to help realise the benefits of their work. To be successful, proposals must demonstrate both the potential to deliver high quality, innovative science in a manner that can be used by research, policy and practice communities, and the ability to promote the understanding and uptake of new evidence and knowledge as it emerges.

This workshop will focus on strengthening the impact pathways across a range of research proposal types; from large grant proposals to small impact accelerator-type awards. The various elements of devising a strong impact section – from identifying and approaching key stakeholders, developing engagement strategies, and considering appropriate knowledge exchange mechanisms – will be explored, together with integration into the full proposal and how to approach the review and interview stages.

• Workshop facilitator: Dr Pete Walton, KE Research Fellow, UKCIP.
• Contributions from EPSRC, the ARCC network and external experts.


The workshop is residential and will be run across a 2-day period (lunchtime-lunchtime).

There is no charge for attending the event, which includes meals and overnight accommodation on 20 January. Unfortunately, there are no funds available to cover travel costs.

Numbers are limited to 25. If over-subscribed, we reserve the right to prioritise and allocate places to ensure an appropriate balance of participants.


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