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Wednesday 10th February 2016


There are many technology challenges which occur in the environmental and disaster modelling area. For instance, model resolution issues and warning systems taking too long, due to computational intensity. There is an identified need for consideration of the computational challenges involved in environmental modelling and this workshop will bring stakeholders from relevant communities together to share knowledge and ideas as to how these challenges can be overcome.

Aims and Objectives

The TGM delivered this event, in partnership with the Probability Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment (PURE) Knowledge Exchange Network, with contributions from SECURE and ReCoVER . The event was supported by the Institute of Physics - Computational Physics Group & Environmental Physics Group . The aim of this event was to discuss how the most recent developments in computer sciences and the availability of new environmental data may be harnessed to advance large environmental models, including models of climate change and natural disasters.

The day focused on aspects of both models and data - with speakers from industry and academia covering a range of topics. Discussions included:

  • Building complex environmental models
  • Modern techniques in computational statistics
  • The availability and quality of open data for environmental modelling
  • Using environmental data to build new models
  • How to use new technologies to collect novel environmental data

The event finished with a facilitated discussion session, followed by a drinks reception.


The event brought together people from computational and environmental sciences communities, including those from different hazards areas. Discussion covered ways of communicating model results to stakeholders and exploring new ways of accessing open data. Attendees were academics, industrialists, owners and/operators of HPC and cloud facilities and Research Councils.


Participants were invited to bring a poster related to their work or area of research to display at the workshop.

Registration and Venue

The workshop took place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. Please see the Isaac Newton Institute website for further information about the venue.