Who we are

Members of CliMathNet are mostly researchers working on problems relevant to the future of Climate Science. In addition to the these members, we have a number of project partners whose business means they have a high stake in the success of the project.

Members

We have over 300 members in the network representing over 25 UK universities, international universities, research institutes and several policy organisations. We encourage researchers, policymakers and business representatives working in this are to sign up as a CliMathNet member. 

Project partners

Our project partners consist of UK Government-funded and research institutes, and international scientific networks on related areas. If you think you would be interested to become a project partner, please contact on the the management committee.

Our Sponsor

The network was originally set up with support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council as part of the cross-council Living with Environmental Change programme.

CliMathNet History

CliMathNet was established a network funded by EPSRC in 2012 with the aim of bringing together researchers who work on climate science with mathematicians and statiscticians so that they can collaborate on tackling important nationally and internationally important climate change questions.  The CliMathNet network organisers provided funding for UK community members to hold meetings and events aimed at establishing collaborations across these disciplines.  The first CliMathNet Annual Conference took place in summer 2013 at the University of Exeter and has been a major event in the CliMathNet calendar thereafter.  The academic leaders of the CliMathNet network project were Prof Peter Ashwin, University of Exeter and Prof Chris Budd, University of Bath.

On completion of the EPSRC funding for CliMathNet in 2015, EPSRC funded a further network supporting project to be based upon the CliMathNet network, called ReCoVER (Research on Changes of Variability and Environmental Risk).  ReCoVER funding provided feasibility funding for small projects addressing environmental and climate questions which bring together the environmental sciences community together with the mathematicians and statisticians community.  Further information about the ReCoVER project is available at the ReCoVER website.  The academic leaders of the ReCoVER project were Prof Peter Ashwin, University of Exeter and Prof Tim Lenton, University of Exeter.

About CliMathNet

CliMathNet is a network which aims to bring together Climate Scientists, Mathematicians and Statisticians to answer the key questions around Climate modelling (in particular understanding and reducing uncertainties in observation and prediction).This is an area of science that ranges from numerical weather prediction to the science underpinning the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).

Network aims

1. To break down barriers between mathematical scientists and climate scientists and ensure that mathematical scientists are working alongside climate scientists to address both nationally and internationally important climate modelling issues.

2. To generate the research questions in the mathematical sciences needed to address outstanding problems in climate modelling in ways that are informed by, and that inform, policy making.

3. To provide high quality information to the wider public on the role of mathematical sciences in the climate change debate.

Network themes

1. Improving Climate Models

2. Improving Climate Reconstructions

3. Initialising Climate Projections

4. Quantifying Uncertainty in Ensembles of Climate Models

5. Forecasting Tipping Points

6. Comprehensive Climate Risk Analysis 

Beneficiaries

The research promoted by this network is expected to have significant scientific impact in the interdisciplinary area of climate change research as well as on the mathematical sciences by bringing them closer together. The challenges of climate modelling and analysis are of fundamental importance to a range of academic disciplines, from environmental engineering to social sciences. The network events will include dissemination aspects, policy-focussed workshops and academic workshops. Results from projects tackled by network members will be published in relevant journals, in national and international conferences and workshops. The project aims to bring much-needed expertise to address the sources of uncertainty in climate predictions and to develop the new mathematics and statistics to do this.

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