Maths Foresees



  • Successful second General Assembly held at St Leonard's Hall, Edinburgh, 5th-7th September 2016 (event webpage)
  • Final feasibility studies, outreach projects and focused mathematics workshop bids awarded (see 'Projects')
  • CALL FOR INDUSTRIAL 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

  • Planned Activities

  • Second general assembly, Edinburgh (5th-7th Sept. 2016)
  • Second maths-with-industry study group (3rd-6th April 2017)
  • Feasibility studies
  • Outreach projects
  • Focused mathematics workshops

  • Maths Foresees: mitigating severe environmental events

    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 under the Living with Environmental Change umbrella to forge strong links between researchers in the applied mathematics and environmental science communities with end-users of environmental research.

    Key objectives:

    • 1. To forge collaborations between the mathematical sciences and environmental change communities.
    • 2. To facilitate an active exchange of knowledge between the academic mathematical and environmental science communities and environmental stakeholders.
    • 3. To rethink the approach to extreme events analysis in the severe weather events proposed (quantify uncertainty).
    • 4. To promote mathematical modelling of environmental hazards in the wider UK community.
    • 5. To create awareness among the general public of the mathematical and engineering challenges involved in living with environmental change and severe weather hazards, and highlight the key role of mathematics through communication and outreach projects.

    LWEC Networks

    Maths Foresees is one of four networks funded under the EPSRC Living 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 ( may be relevant to partners working on flood risk management.

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