Research Highlights

DCFP Staff have recently attended the following conferences:


  • Vassili Kitsios and Dylan Harries attended the CliMathNet Thematic Workshop ‘Mathematics of the Economy and Climate’ in Soesterberg, Netherlands (15 – 17 July 2019). The workshop was a collaborative event, with the aim of bringing together climate scientists, mathematicians and economists, in order to improve our understanding of the role of climate change on the development of economic systems. The program consisted of a series of presentations and a discussion session with topics including the incorporation and quantification of the impacts of climate change and extreme events in economic models, modelling of policy options for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and recent developments in modelling methods.
  • Carly Tozer and James Risbey attended the Workshop on Correlated Extremes in New York, May 2019. Correlated extremes are extremes that occur across multiple, remote locations at the same time. Carly presented her work on the large-scale atmospheric processes associated with correlated rainfall and temperature extremes in the southern hemisphere.
  • Courtney Quinn attended the 6th Critical transitions in Complex Systems (CRITICS) workshop, 25 – 29 March 2019, Imperial College London. The focus of the meeting was on characterizing and predicting the occurrence of sudden and unexpected changes in the state of complex systems that are triggered by small and slow changes in external trends or inputs.  The topics ranged from mathematical theory of critical transitions to examples from the natural world (e.g. climate, biology, ecology), technology and society.
  • Courtney also attended the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, 19 – 23 May 2019, Snowbird, Utah, USA, which was focused around increasing communication between those who develop dynamical systems techniques and the mathematicians, scientists, and engineers who use them across fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, climate, finance, industrial mathematics, and data science.
  • Amanda Black recently presented at the American Meteorological Society 22nd Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics in Portland, Maine at the end of June. Amanda’s presentation was titled: “Effects of Diurnal Cycle Mode Intensification on Warm Season Precipitation Trends over the U.S. Corn Belt”.
  • Amanda will also be presenting at the American Geophysical Union 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December. My presentation will be titled: “A Dynamically-Based Investigation of Australian Northwest Cloudbands and their Relationship to Atmospheric Rivers and Heavy Precipitation”.
  • Doug Richardson and Dougie Squire presented posters at the 14th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology in Toulouse in June. This meeting is held roughly every three years to facilitate communication and interaction between the climate and statistics communities, and to promote good statistical practice in climate science. Doug presented a weather pattern approach to forecasting UK precipitation that is more skillful than other conventional approaches in winter and autumn. Dougie presented a systematic assessment of artificial skill in forecasts of the El-Nino—Southern Oscillation.
  • Dougie Squire and Thomas Moore and I will be attending the 2019 Pangeo Community Meeting in Seattle from the 21st-23rd August.
    Pangeo is a community platform for big-data geoscience, offering interactive data exploration workflows that scale to meet current and future needs. The meeting will include a combination of presentations, working group sessions, and coding “hackathons” for hands-on development of the Pangeo ecosystem.

Sub Seasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction & Seasonal to Decadal (S2D) Prediction Conference, Boulder, Colorado

On the week of the 17th until the 21st of September, 10 team members from the Decadal Climate Forecasting Project travelled to Boulder in Colorado to attend the International Conference on Sub Seasonal to Decadal Prediction.

For more information about the conference and to view the presentations, click here

CAFE is now assimilating Sea Ice data to improve its Sea Ice behaviour
(Paul Sandery)


Sea-ice prediction in CAFE-EnKF