EPSRC LWEC Network
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.
Maths Foresees is one of four networks funded under the
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 (FCERM.net, based
at Heriot-Watt University) may be relevant to partners working
on flood risk management.