Mathematical sciences for weather, oceans and climate

Mathematical sciences continue to play a major role in many advances in climate modelling, climate prediction and oceanography. Moreover, these areas present a wide range of challenges requiring the development of new mathematics. Understanding and predicting weather, oceans and climate is a key global challenge, of interest to everyone including governments, industry and the public.

There is a need for people who are trained in mathematical sciences at the interface of climate and ocean sciences, with the necessary flexibility, creativity and knowledge that will allow them to bring together and develop advances across interdisciplinary boundaries. This will facilitate breaking down the language barriers between disciplines; and in turn lead to the closer integration of distinct research communities.

Proposals in this area could encompass the breadth of mathematical techniques for which developments are motivated by weather, oceans and climate science; these might include modelling, nonlinear dynamics, numerical analysis, operational research, partial differential equations, statistics and stochastic analysis. Students should gain an understanding and depth of knowledge of the theoretical underpinning mathematics through to the practical applications, and have the confidence to work across and within disciplines.

It is expected that proposals will be multi-institutional. Links to practical applications might be developed through partnerships with appropriate decision makers and user organisations, including those involved in the adaption and mitigation of environmental change.