From global rainfall to local flood risk, Cardiff

15 November, 2016 | 17:30 - 19:30

A look into the ever changing weather and flood risks.
A look into the ever changing weather and flood risks.

About this event

In recent years we have seen many extreme weather events, such as flooding in the UK in December 2015, and Canadian wildfires in May 2016. These events have highlighted the devastating impact the weather can have on lives, livelihoods and properties. So improving our ability to predict such events could provide significant benefits to society through improving protection and response.

Dame Julia will discuss recent ground-breaking work undertaken by the Met Office to improve our understanding of environmental risk across timescales. She will share examples of this such as the use of world-leading climate models to build event sets for a range of weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, severe windstorms or heatwaves; and how working in partnership with experts in areas such as flooding, agriculture and transport can help provide and maximise the societal benefits of weather and climate science.

Light refreshments will be served at 5.30pm in the Junior Common Room, before the lecture, which will start at 6.00pm.

Speaker

Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE FRS DSc

Julia Slingo became Met Office Chief Scientist in February 2009 where she leads a team of over 500 scientists working on a very broad portfolio of research that underpins weather forecasting, climate prediction and climate change projections.

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This event is co-hosted with CIWEM

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Speaker

Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE FRS DSc

Julia Slingo

Julia Slingo became Met Office Chief Scientist in February 2009 where she leads a team of over 500 scientists working on a very broad portfolio of research that underpins weather forecasting, climate prediction and climate change projections.

Before joining the Met Office she was the Director of Climate Research in NERC's National Centre for Atmospheric Science, at the University of Reading. In 2006 she founded the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at Reading, aimed at addressing the cross disciplinary challenges of climate change and its impacts.

Julia has had a long-term career in atmospheric physics and climate science, working at the Met Office, ECMWF and NCAR in the USA. She has developed and used complex weather and climate models throughout her research career to understand the climate system and to predict its evolution. Her special interests are in tropical weather and climate variability, understanding their influence on the global climate system and their role in monthly to decadal climate prediction.

In 2016 Julia was appointed to the High Level Group of the European Commission Science Advice Mechanism.

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