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Turing Lecture: Big Data, Met Office and 21st Century Problems
Fri 14 October 2016, 13:30 – 16:00 BST
NOTE: Registration for the event is compulsory; please book to ensure a space. This event will be filmed and recordings will be made available on YouTube.
The Met Office’s Dame Julia Slingo will explain developments in Met Office science, forecasting and prediction methods, and how data analytics, informatics and advances in simulation can help maximize the benefits of climate science for society.
Speaker 1: Dame Julia Slingo. Met Office Chief Scientist
Big Data, Met Office and 21st Century Problems
Big data at the Met Office represents a fusion of observations and models, and theory. It requires major supercomputing infrastructure to perform state-of-the-art simulations, which in turn act as computational laboratories to understand how the atmosphere, ocean and climate systems work; and they are fundamental to the prediction process. The predictions made across all timescales, from hours to decades, are increasingly used to address issues around resilience to weather, climate and environmental hazards.
In this Turing Lecture, Dame Julia will explain the latest developments in Met Office science and its relevance to 21st century problems, sharing the story behind weather forecasting and climate prediction and uncovering how the Met Office gathers, analyses and creates big data. Dame Julia will also consider how working in partnership with experts across a range of disciplines will be vital for addressing the impacts of natural hazards, and how advances in simulation, data analytics and informatics can help to maximise the societal benefits of weather and climate science.
Julia Slingo became Met Office Chief Scientist in February 2009, where she leads a team of over 500 scientists working on a 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