Maths Foresees



  • How can our cities become more resilient, sustainable and economically viable? EPSRC is now accepting outline proposals for Environmental Change Challenge Fellowships at both postdoctoral and early career levels. Closing date 5th January 2017
  • CALL FOR INDUSTRY CHALLENGES The second Maths Foresees study group will be held at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, from 3rd-6th April 2017. This intensive period of collaboration between mathematicians and environmental scientists provides a fantastic opportunity to solve problems arising in industry. Please get in touch if your organisation is interested in getting involved with this event
  • Save the date: final network general assembly scheduled for 8th-10th January 2018 at the University of Leeds
  • Final round of feasibility studies, outreach projects and focused mathematics workshop awarded (see 'Projects') at our second General Assembly in September 2016 (see event webpage for details of the event and presentations)

  • Planned Activities

  • Second maths-with-industry study group (3rd-6th April 2017)
  • Final general assembly (Leeds, 8th-10th January 2018)
  • Feasibility studies
  • Outreach projects
  • Focused mathematics workshops

  • Maths Foresees: mitigating severe environmental events

    Extreme weather, including heavy rainfall and strong winds, has been the cause of recent land and coastal flooding, and strong beach and cliff erosion along the British coast. Both the winters of 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 have seen severe environmental disasters in the UK. The prediction of extreme rainfall and storms (mid-latitude cyclones, hurricanes, and thunderstorms) and its use in forecasting river flooding and storm surges, as well as coastal erosion, poses a significant challenge. Uncertainties in the prediction of where and how much precipitation will fall, how high storm surges will be and from which direction waves and wind will attack coastlines lie at the heart of this challenge.

    To meet this challenge, it is crucial that mathematicians with the relevant expertise interact closely with environmental scientists and end-users of environmental research. The Maths Foresees network was established in May 2015 under the EPSRC Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) umbrella to forge strong links between researchers in the applied mathematics and environmental science communities and end-users of environmental research.

    Key objectives:

    LWEC Networks

    Maths Foresees is one of four networks funded under the EPSRC Living With Environmental Change umbrella, alongside Past Earth (based at the University of Leeds), SECURE (based at the University of Glasgow) and ReCoVER (based at the University of Exeter).

    In addition the Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network (, based at Heriot-Watt University) may be relevant to partners working on flood risk management.

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