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John Norbury

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Hurricane Sandy and Global Warnings

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:42 PM

There are many heroes in the story of Hurricane Sandy, but we arguably owe the greatest debt of gratitude to mathematicians who wrangle massive amounts of data to improve the accuracy of our weather predictions. Two devastating storms, decades apart, provide a fantastic snapshot of how weather prediction has improved...

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Invisible in St Jude's Storm: The Role of Maths in Getting the Forecast Right

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:45 PM

Co-authored by John Norbury (Oxford University)

Miranda Prynne in The Daily Telegraph reported "The Met Office's £30million supercomputer was able to predict the size and path of the St Jude's Day storm four days before it had formed by using calculations from millions of sites around the world...

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Climate Change: A Movie and the Math

(30) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 2:48 PM

This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first of three reports that constitute their Fifth Assessment on climate change. This first report, The Physical Science Basis, will cover a huge range of topics from the carbon cycle to extreme weather. But climate prediction also relies...

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Can Math Improve Climate Prediction?

(7) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Co-authored by John Norbury, University of Oxford

For most of us, a global warming of 1 degree C over the next 30 years or so is not a big worry -- more like moving house across a state closer to the equator, or descending several hundred feet nearer to sea...

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