Posts By: Janet Fillingham

Exploring Wetropolis, an extreme rainfall and flood demonstrator

Shown at the Mathematics of Planet Earth annual exhibition in May 2022, the Wetropolis exhibit demonstrates the effect of extreme rainfall and flood. The Demonstrator was made by Professor Onno Bokhove as part of the Data Assimilation for the REsilient City (DARE) research project and network funded by an EPSRC Senior Fellowship in Digital Technology for… Read more »

Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions for Transatlantic Flights via Optimal Control Theory

Mathematics of Planet Earth Reading’s final-year PhD Student, Cathie Wells has published a news blog on the SIAM website: Read the full blog here: Cathie has provided this summary: In the SIAM Online article we look at different ways to plan flight trajectories across the North Atlantic, between John F Kennedy Airport in New York… Read more »

Workshop on Modern Mathematics for Complex Systems, 29-30 June 2022

The quest for a unifying framework to describe complex systems out of equilibrium has recently produced numerous promising results. This workshop will aim to bundle some of these advances, bringing together different perspectives to trigger new ideas and equip young researchers with cutting-edge tools and knowledge. To this end, the workshop will focus on two… Read more »

Isaac Newton Institute Satellite Programme, 30 August – 23 September 2022

Residential Workshop, 30 August to 23 September 2022 Geophysical fluid dynamics; from mathematical theory to operational prediction at University of Reading A month-long programme of talks, activities and workshops A better understanding of the climate system is of great societal relevance, due to the importance of reliable environmental forecasts and the looming climate crisis. Recent… Read more »

University of Reading SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Conference, 4 July 2022

Confirmed speakers: Dr Ruth Bowness (University of Bath), Dr Larissa Serdukova (University of Reading), Dr Ali Aouad (London Business School) This year the chapter conference is happening in person again (fingers crossed), and in addition to three senior speakers we will also host student speakers, so if you want to take the chance and present your… Read more »

LMS Women in Mathematics Day, 11 May 2022


Cathie Wells wins Smith Institute’s annual TakeAIM competition 

Congratulations to MPE PhD Reading Student, Cathie Wells, who has won the Smith Institute’s annual TakeAIM competition. The Smith Institute explains: “Established in 2011, the Smith Institute’s annual TakeAIM competition is an opportunity for university students to showcase their work on the industrial stage. TakeAIM’s goal is to highlight the crucial role mathematics plays in… Read more »

MPE Wednesday 09 February 2022

This event will be co-hosted with the Scenario Doctoral Training Partnership and will take place at The University of Reading, room 109, The Palmer Building Programme: Coffee and Tea available from 10.30 11.00: Welcome from Jennifer Scott 11.00-11.45  Dr Samuel Hatfield, ECMWF (Chaired by Jennifer Scott) ‘Millibars and Megabytes’  Over the past 40 years there has… Read more »

Congratulations to MPE Reading Graduands

Very many congratulations to former MPE students Adrian Tsz Leung, Giulia Carigi, Laura Mansfield and Rhys Thompson who graduated with PhDs from University of Reading this week and to Lea Oljaca who graduated earlier this year.

Published Paper: Detection of interannual ensemble forecast signals over the North Atlantic and Europe using atmospheric circulation regimes

A new paper has been published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by MPE Reading Student, Swinda Falkena. Authors: Swinda K.J. Falkena, Jana de Wiljes, Antje Weisheimer, Theodore G. Shepherd The paper can be viewed online here: Abstract To study the forced variability of atmospheric circulation regimes, the use of model… Read more »

American Geosciences Union (AGU) Honors 2021 – Valerio Lucarini

MPE CDT and University of Reading Professor Valerio Lucarini is the recipient of the 2021 Ed Lorenz Lecture, in the Nonlinear Geophysics Section of the American Geosciences Union (AGU) Honors 2021. The AGU Honors recognise outstanding work studying all aspects of the Earth, from what lies deep below its surface to the secrets beyond its atmosphere… Read more »

SIAM National Student Chapter Prize awarded to Cathie Wells

Congratulations to MPE CDT Student Cathie Wells, who was awarded the SIAM National Student Chapter Prize for the best talk given at the meeting held in Oxford in June 2021. The subject of Cathie’s talk was “Optimal control for trajectory planning, minimizing fuel burn and CO2 emissions for fixed duration aircraft flights through complex wind… Read more »

MPE Virtual Summer School on Forecast Verification, June 21-25, 2021

The Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training is pleased to announce its 2021 summer school. This forecast verification virtual summer school will consist of lectures (with theory and practical assignments) and a group project component. The lecture component will consist of approximately two hours of lectures each day, followed by practical assignments. Participants… Read more »

MPE Coffee Meeting 18 May 2021

Elena Saggioro will give an informal talk at the MPE Reading coffee meeting (via Zoom) 10.30 on 18 May: ‘My Policy Internship at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: things I have done and learned’. If you would like to attend email for the Zoom call details.

MPE Cafe 12 May 2021

We’re pleased to announce that our lunchtime Cafe meeting on 12 May 2021 will comprise a number of talks given by our students at recent or upcoming vEGU and SIAM conferences. Coincidentally, 12 May is the anniversary of Women in Maths, and these talks will be given by MPECDT women. Please contact if you… Read more »


Professor Jennifer Scott – Director at Reading of The Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training – has been awarded a prestigious SIAM Fellowship. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics awards fellowships to mathematicians who their peers recognise as “distinguished for their contributions to the discipline”.  Professor Scott becomes a SIAM FELLOW IN… Read more »

5K Your Way for Earth Day 22 April 2021

LATEST UPDATE!!! Very many thanks to the 46 people who took part in our fundraising event.  We raised £235 for the Berkshire Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. — To support Earth Day on 22nd April 2021, The Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training invites you to take part in our “5K Your Way”… Read more »

MPE Wednesday 10 March 2021

The Maths of Planet Earth Wednesday Seminar series continues online on 10 March 2021 with talks on climate services in Africa, public engagement in environmental sciences, and climate resilient research for locally relevant action.   Programme and Speaker Biographies:    14:00 Zoom call opens and delegates gather :  Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 890 0165 2432 Passcode: 349887    14:15. Chaired by… Read more »

Published Paper: A delay equation model for the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

Published by lead author, MPE PhD Student Swinda Falkena, on 17th February 2021 in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, the paper can be viewed in full here. Authors: Swinda K.J. Falkena, Courtney Quinn, Jan Sieber, and Henk A. Dijstra. Abstract: A new technique to derive delay models from systems of partial differential… Read more »

Published Paper: Reducing transatlantic flight emissions by fuel-optimised routing

Published today, 26 January 2021, online in Environmental Research Letters, by lead author and MPE Student Cathie Wells, the full text of the paper can be viewed here.  The study finds that millions of kilograms of CO2 emissions could be saved on transatlantic flights, if the current organised track system was replaced with fuel-optimised routes, which are typically… Read more »

Why renewables are difficult, by MPE Student Adriaan Hilbers

Why renewables are difficult, by Adriaan Hilbers A blog written by Maths of Planet Earth PhD Student Adriaan Hilbers, updated from an earlier blog posted on Mathematical Prediction of Weather and Climate in 2018, here The public have been aware of the importance of reducing carbon emissions since around the 1980’s. Furthermore, renewable technologies such as… Read more »

MPE Wednesday 27 January 2021: Science Communication

MPE Wednesday 27 January 2021: Science Communication The theme of this month’s MPE Wednesday is Science Communication, and it will be chaired by the Student Committee comprising Chiara Maiocchi, Sebastiano Roncoroni, and Ryosuke Kurashina.  The meeting will take place online via Zoom: Meeting ID: 817 8161 6508 Passcode: MPEWeds27 We are pleased to announce the following… Read more »

Published Paper: Hydro-morphodynamics 2D modelling using a discontinuous Galerkin discretisation

MPE Student Mariana Claire is the lead author on the paper “Hydro-morphodynamics 2D modelling using a discontinuous Galerkin discretisation”  published online on 04 November 2020 in Science Direct – Computers and Geosciences. You can access the full paper here Authors: Mariana C.A. Claire; James R. Percival; Athanasios Angeloudis; Colin J. Cotter; Matthew D. Piggott. Abstract: The… Read more »

Published Paper: Pro‐L* ‐ A probabilistic L* mapping tool for ground observations

MPE Student Rhys Thompson is the lead author on paper “Pro-L* – A probabilistic L* mapping tool for ground observations”  published on 16 December 2020 in Space Weather, part of AGU Advancing Earth and Space Science. You can access the full paper here Authors: R. L. Thompson  S. K. Morley  C. E. J. Watt  S. N. Bentley  P. D. Williams Abstract: Both… Read more »

Published Paper: Reconstructing regime-dependent causal relationships from observational time series

MPE Reading Student Elena Saggioro’s paper has been published open access in Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. You can read the paper here A full list of Authors:  Elena Saggioro, Jana de Wiljes, Marlene Kretschmer, and Jakob Runge Abstract: Inferring causal relations from observational time series data is a key problem across science and engineering… Read more »

MPE CDT Virtual School: Modern data-based and complex systems approach to climate dynamics

This year’s MPE Summer School was postponed due to Covid-19.  Instead we ran a successful virtual on-line school, held every Tuesday from September 29 to 27 October 2020. It was aimed at graduate students in mathematics and climate dynamics. The school involved lectures and a project component, with students working together in small groups. The… Read more »

Cathie Wells awarded The Ivar Isaksen Prize

MPE CDT Reading student Cathie Wells has been awarded The Ivar Isaksen Prize for best early career presentation at The 3rd ECATS Conference (Network of Excellence on Aviation and Environment).  The conference had been due to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden in April.  Unfortunately due to the Covid19 outbreak, it was delayed until 13th to… Read more »

Published Paper: Spectral estimates for saddle point matrices arising in weak constraint four‐dimensional variational data assimilation

Lead Author: Ieva Dauzickaite, Maths of Planet Earth CDT Student at Reading Published online in June 2020, in Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, the paper can be viewed here in the Wiley Online Library Summary We consider the large sparse symmetric linear systems of equations that arise in the solution of weak constraint four‐dimensional variational data… Read more »

Published Paper: The spatial correlation structure of rainfall at the local scale over southern Ghana

Lead Author: Jennifer Israelsson, PhD Student Maths of Planet Earth CDT Reading Published online in the Journal of Hydrology, Regional Studies, the paper is available here Rainfall over west Africa has received a lot of interest the past decades due to the limited possibility of irrigation for the many farmers depending on rain fed crops. A… Read more »

Published Paper: Impact of the mesoscale range on error growth and the limits to atmospheric predictability

Authors: Tsz Yan Leung (PhD Student Maths of Planet Earth, Reading), Sebastian Reich and Theodore G. Shepherd. Published on 27 August 2020 in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences under Early Online Release. Read the full paper here Abstract: Global numerical weather prediction (NWP) models have begun to resolve the mesoscale k^(-5/3) range of the… Read more »

MPE Student awarded LMS Early Career Fellowship

The Mathematics of Planet Earth CDT is very pleased to announce that Giulia Carigi – currently in her final year of PhD study at the University of Reading – has been awarded a London Mathematical Society (LMS) Early Career Fellowship with an additional scholarship funded by the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research (HIMR).  The Fellowship is for six months and… Read more »

MPE Reading Cafe: The Hong Kong Observatory

We were delighted to have Queenie Lam and Wai-Kin Wong, both Senior Scientific Officers at the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), as our keynote speakers on 24 June 2020. The HKO is the government department in Hong Kong responsible for monitoring and forecasting weather, issuing warnings on weather-related hazards, providing other meteorological and geophysical services, as… Read more »

SIAM-IMA Reading Student Chapter Online Conference June 2020

During the first three days of June, the SIAM-IMA Reading Student Chapter (which is led by a committee of six MPE students) organised its annual conference, following up last year’s event and concluding the academic summer term.   This year, the annual conference had to take place remotely and online due to the current COVID19 crisis… Read more »

Celebrating Women in Mathematics at the University of Reading

6th May 2020, 11.30-13.15 hours : Online meeting – An event to celebrate Women in Mathematics as part of the International Celebration of Women in Mathematics. This online event will be hosted by Professor Jennifer Scott, Professor of Mathematics, University of Reading and Director at Reading of the Mathematics of Planet Earth CDT.  Please register… Read more »