EPSRC LWEC Network
Severe weather, with heavy rainfall and strong winds, has
been the cause of recent dramatic land and coastal flooding,
and of 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
severe rainfall and storms (mid-latitude cyclones,
hurricanes, and thunderstorms) and its use to forecast 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 coast lines, 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 with end-users of environmental research. The Maths Foresees network was established in May 2015 to forge strong ties between researchers in the applied mathematics community with researchers in selected strategic areas of the environmental science community and governmental agencies.
Maths Foresees is one of four networks funded under the
With Environmental Change (LWEC) 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 (FCERM.net) may
be relevant partners working on flood risk management.