Monday, 24 November 2014

Geographers, Stats-men and Sages: Approaches to climatology in post-war Britain

Climate in meteorology, meteorology in climate studies
Workshop at the University of Bergen, 20-21 November 2014

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a small workshop on the history of climatology and climate studies at the University of Bergen. Featuring historians, science studies scholars, and representatives from the Norwegian weather service the workshop was hosted in the university's Geophysical Institute, the home of the Bergen School of meteorology that was responsible for the development of so many foundational concepts of modern meteorology and climatology.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Recording, visualising, and disseminating cultural memories of extreme weather

At the recent World Congress of Environmental History held in Guimarães, Portugal I was fortunate enough to speak at a great session on novel methods of engaging with the public in exploring memories of extreme weather in the UK. Below are the audio and slides from the three papers and subsequent discussion of the panel. For more on the rest of WCEH 2014, please see my previous post here.

Before the audio and slides from the main papers, here is Georgina Endfield introducing the session:

Monday, 21 July 2014

Conference Report: World Congress of Environmental History

Earlier this month (from 7th to 14th July) a diverse range of researchers from all over the globe met in the "birthplace of Portugal," the city of Guimarães, for the Second World Congress of Environmental History. Five years on from the first congress held in Copenhagen, the scale and scope of the programme promised a lively mixture of learning, debate, discussion and reflection upon a staggering array of environmental history related subjects.

Looking down from Mount Penha to the south of Guimarães
Arriving a day early gave me time to not only explore the wonderful old town of Guimarães (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) and to take a cable car up to the overlooking Mount Penha, but also to get to grips with the sprawling and diverse conference programme. With over 40 nationalities represented at the conference and with up to ten parallel sessions running at any one time there was far too much going on for me to give a detailed write-up here. Instead, I'd like to reflect a little on some of the trends and themes evident during the week.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Going Public: the emergence of Met Office public and commercial weather services post-1945

Below is the audio recording and accompanying slides from a recent seminar that I gave at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter on 24th March, 2014. The talk was an interesting opportunity for me to speak about the history of the organisation and its involvement with public and commercial weather services, to staff working in similar roles today.

I am currently developing some of the content of this presentation into a paper for publication in an academic journal, so if you have any feedback please do leave a comment or get in touch.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Workshop Report: From Climate Science to Climate Services for Society

A couple of weeks ago (3rd - 6th March 2014) a diverse group of early career researchers, all interested in climatological services, met at the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town for the British Council Researcher Links workshop, From Climate Science to Climate Services for Society. Kindly sponsored by the South African office of the British Council, and organised by Jane Strachan (Met Office) and Chris Reason (University of Cape Town) the meeting aimed, to bring together researchers from South Africa and the UK, to explore how knowledge exchange and collaboration across nations, research areas, and with end-users can bring valuable insight and drive innovative development of useful climate science and services.

The workshop programme promised a varied and interactive schedule, welcome in breaking up the monotony of 'the we talk you listen' format favoured by so many academic events. Wasting no time in getting us out of our seats, the organisers began with an ice-breaker exercise that got everyone discussing their research interests with each other, followed by the collective setting of aims and objectives for the week ahead.