Maths Foresees



  • Registration is now open for the final Environmental Maths Foresees general assembly. The event will be held at the University of Leeds from 8th to 10th January 2018, and celebrate the achievements of Maths Foresees since its launch in 2015.

  • Planned Activities

  • 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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