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26 November 2020

3 minutes to read

Partnership in Focus: Met Office

The University of Exeter works closely with the Met Office to tackle key challenges in weather and climate prediction as part of an in-depth Met Office Academic Partnership.

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13 November 2020

2 minutes to read

Breaking Boundaries: Using lasers to detect volcanic ash in the sky

Research at the University of Exeter helped avoid closure of UK airspace on two separate occasions in 2017 and 2019.

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26 August 2020

4 minutes to read

Policy Relevant Climate Research

University of Exeter works closely with the Met Office to tackle key challenges in weather and climate prediction as part of an in-depth Met Office Academic Partnership.

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17 August 2020

4 minutes to read

Quantifying drought risk through rainfall modelling and simulation

Dr Oliver Stoner and Dr Theo Economou have developed an advanced yet highly interpretable statistical data model for capturing the behaviour of high resolution rainfall time series.

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3 August 2020

5 minutes to read

Just how sensitive is the climate to increased carbon dioxide?

Just how sensitive is the climate to increased carbon dioxide? Scientists are narrowing in on the answer. (Repost from The Conversation)

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28 July 2020

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Too hot to handle? Studying the impact of climate change in the hottest sea in the world!

For this year’s #WorldNatureConservationDay, PhD candidate Hind Mohsen Al Ameri talks about why our warming climate could be driving marine turtles into extinction and why the conservation of nature is vital to life on Earth.

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24 July 2020

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Data Science for Climate Resilience in East Africa

TIST is a network of farmers who have to date planted over 19 million trees. The University of Exeter is working with TIST to quantify and understand TIST’s impacts at landscape scales and on multiple sustainable development goals.

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20 July 2020

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Household air pollution and the forgotten 3 billion

Since 2017, researchers at the University of Exeter have worked with the WHO to design a completely new bespoke statistical model for estimating worldwide use of specific fuels for cooking.

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15 July 2020

2 minutes to read

Using data and AI to solve global environmental challenges

On Wednesday (July 15th), the University of Exeter and the Met Office will enter a partnership to create a Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence.

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8 July 2020

2 minutes to read

Improving Met Office weather and climate prediction models

Research led by Professor John Thuburn and his research students has been integral to the development of a critical component of weather and climate prediction models at the Met Office.

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25 May 2020

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Using Data to Reduce Flooding and Harvest Rain

Via the Impact Lab, OTA Water has had access to a range of academic expertise for a pioneering project, using clever technology that harvests rain water but only releases it when the weather forecast says so.

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20 September 2019

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Machine learning to reduce flooding as a result of sewer blockages

A research project was undertaken between the University of Exeter and DC Welsh Water to develop a machine learning tool that could more accurately predict and identify potential blockages across the sewer network.

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10 December 2018

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Working with the Met Office

Exeter is home to a number of globally renowned climate and weather scientists due to the combined intellectual expertise of the Met Office and the University of Exeter. The national weather service and the University have developed a strong partnership, collaborating on climate and weather science since 2003, when the Met Office…

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13 April 2018

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The effects of plastics on the environment

This Earth Day, we hear from leading academics, PhD researchers, and research students about the worldwide problem of plastic pollution.

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22 November 2016

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Statistical climatology

Professor David B. Stephenson is Director of the Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) research centre, and based within the Mathematics department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Since 1989, he has published more than 100 well-cited papers and a leading book on forecast verification. He has also developed successful partnerships…

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15 November 2016

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The Interconnection between the environment and human health

Researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) are interested in the complex connections between the environment and human health Professor Lora Fleming is Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, which is part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Based at the University of Exeter’s Truro campus in…

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26 October 2016

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A new approach to sustainable fisheries

This new approach to sustainable fishing ensures fish and other seafood are being sustainably caught with minimal damage to the marine environment. University of Exeter academics and students have been working with a new community interest company to develop an alternative approach to supplying sustainable fish. Sole of Discretion works with fishers who…

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30 June 2016

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Bird brained behaviour: Cognition and personality in wild pheasants

Professor Joah Madden studies pheasants. This is a bird frequently seen in the British countryside. How many of us have driven down a country lane for what feels like miles, with a pheasant zig-zagging a few feet in front of the car’s wheels? The pheasant veers towards the verge, but at the last…

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15 April 2016

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Using social media to track extreme weather events

Biosciences researchers are using data from social media to find out about the impact climate change has on people’s lives. Systems Ecology lecturer Dr Hywel Williams explains more in this video. Many people share posts and comments via social media on a daily basis, and this ever-growing bank of social information is now being…

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14 April 2016

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How plastics are entering the food chain

Vast amounts of plastic waste are thrown into the oceans every year, what would it mean if this plastic could, and was entering the food chain? Professor Tamara Galloway in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, whose research focuses on marine pollution, has been exploring this question through her Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded…

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13 April 2016

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Minimising air travel disruptions during volcanic eruptions

New measurement systems for volcanic ash developed by Professor Jim Haywood prevent air space closures in the event of a volcano.

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12 April 2016

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Researcher in focus: Professor John Love

Stepping into the office of John Love, Associate Professor in Plant and Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Exeter, you can’t help but notice his aquarium. “It’s a bit of beauty, a bit of philosophy and a bit of practical teaching all in one,” he said. Adding: “When students come in they’re a…

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4 November 2015

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Researcher in focus: Professor Juliet Osborne

The presence of bees and other insects is vital to the pollination of crops and the maintenance of our ecosystem. Professor Juliet Osborne, Chair of Applied Ecology in the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), looks at how insects and plants interact within the environment and their role in the provision of ecosystem services. The…

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23 September 2015

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What effects do microplastics have on the food chain?

When it comes to plastic waste in the ocean, how much is too much? Professor Tamara Galloway has been researching the effects of microplastics on marine wildlife and how ingestion of these objects by some of the smallest creatures in the ocean can have implications for the rest of the food chain. Professor Galloway,…

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6 May 2015

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The secret lives of snails

Understanding how a potentially fatal parasite, lungworm, is spread to household pets could be improved thanks to a recent study from the University of Exeter’s Dr David Hodgson, Associate Professor of Ecology. The survey revealed the movements of snails, which carry lungworm, across British gardens, demonstrating the growing threat of the parasite…

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17 December 2014

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Diagnosing Malaria using Magneto-optic sensors

A rapid, reliable and low cost Malaria Diagnosis Sensor suitable for use in remote areas has been developed by University of Exeter researchers, which has the possibility to not only significantly reduce unnecessary treatments but potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives. Malaria is endemic in more than 100 countries but its…

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15 December 2014

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Stochastic modelling for improving understanding of storm risk

Statistical modelling research in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science has improved the understanding and pricing of insurance risk due to European windstorms and tropical cyclones. Cyclones are fascinating large storms that can have devastating effects on society; Hurricane Sandy which hit New York in November 2012 caused major flooding, resulting in $25-30 billion in insured losses,…

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15 December 2014

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Climate research influences policy and debate

Research conducted at the University of Exeter has altered the framework for climate change discussion, informed government debate and influenced policy.

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2 December 2014

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How Knowledge Exchange can benefit both industry and academia

Universities are working with businesses to shape research questions that can benefit both academia and industry. This collaborative approach, called Knowledge Exchange (KE), is one that is being championed by both the University of Exeter and the Research Councils. The aim of knowledge exchange is for industry, academia and government to share their…

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25 June 2014

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The impact of microplastics on marine life

Microplastic debris floating in the world’s oceans could be having a massive impact on marine life. Tiny bits of plastic rubbish are having an impact on lugworms, and other marine animals, which are an important source of food for other animals. Work by Stephanie Wright a postgraduate researcher from Biosciences found that…

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