The CMPE is currently involved in several ongoing research projects in the broad area of Mathematics of Planet Earth.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training – Mathematics for our Future Climate
Our new Centre for Doctoral Training, joint between University of Reading, Imperial College London and the University of Southampton provides cohort-based and interdisciplinary PhD to harness the power of mathematics to address the issues presented by climate change.

ClimTip (Horizon Europe)
Climate Tipping Points: Uncertainty-aware quantification of Earth system tipping potential from observations and models and assessment of associated climatic, ecological, and socioeconomic impact. The likelihood of large-scale Earth system tipping events under ongoing anthropogenic forcing remains uncertain. In view of the possible irreversibility associated with such events and the potentially catastrophic global consequences on climate, ecosystems, and society, the precautionary principle demands thorough investigation of the underlying mechanisms, compound or cascading impacts, and associated risks. ClimTip will substantially advance the process understanding of possible Earth system Tipping Elements (TEs).

Past projects

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training – Mathematics of Planet Earth
Imperial College London and the University of Reading have joined forces to create the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE). The Centre provides cohort-based PhD training in the mathematical and computational techniques needed to understand, predict and quantify risk and uncertainty for extreme weather and climate change. Training ranges from the data-driven domain represented by statistics, to the model-driven domain represented by analysis and mechanics.

Horizon 2020 Projects
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever and was established to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering solutions to big challenges facing our society.

TiPES (Tipping Points in the Earth System) is a Horizon 2020 funded project that runs from September 2019 for 4 years. The main object is to better quantify the tipping elements that are present in the climate system and to ensure that climate projections also include these. TiPES is a large scientific collaboration with 18 partner institutions working together in more than 10 countries. Please find here the link to the webinars of the Horizon 2020 TiPES project.

The CRESCENDO project facilitates a coordinated European contribution to the 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) where the climate research community compares a range of International Earth System Models using common sets of experimental protocols, to improve our knowledge of the Earth’s climate processes and provide the best possible future projections to governments and decision-makers. The project comprises 25 partners, 10 European countries, 7 European Earth System Models (ESMS), 3 European Integrated Assessment Models (IAMS) and more than 100 scientists.

Blue-Action is a major European research project investigating the effect of a changing Arctic on weather and climate. It involves over 120 experts from 40 organisations in 17 countries. Through a combination of empirical scientific research, advanced statistical techniques and enhanced climate modelling, it aims to improve understanding of the impact of Arctic warming on regional and global atmospheric and oceanic circulation.