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Exeter partnership to pioneer use of data science and AI to solve global environmental challenges 

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:09am

A new initiative designed to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges has been announced.

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.

Environmental Intelligence is an exciting new field of research that sits at the interface of environmental and sustainability research, data science, artificial intelligence and digital technologies.

It will be crucial in ensuring that we have the information required to...

Awards for Exeter climate scientists

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:51am

Two Exeter climate scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).

Professor Adam Scaife and Professor Richard Betts MBE, both of the University of Exeter and the Met Office, have won the Buchan Prize and the Climate Science Communications Award respectively.

The Buchan Prize recognises Professor Scaife’s recent work on the atmospheric dynamics behind seasonal predictions, published in Society journals and “adjudged to contain the most important original contribution or contributions to meteorology”.

Professor Betts’...

HRH The Duke of York meets Met Office apprentices

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:40am

HRH The Duke of York met with some of the current Met Office apprentices on Monday (18 February), while visiting Exeter to hold a Pitch@Palace On Tour event, an initiative founded by The Duke in 2014.

The Met Office’s apprenticeship programmes are run with training from a number of providers including Exeter College and the University of Exeter, and are aimed at developing the next generation of data engineers, scientists and technology experts, as well as other business skills needed in the Met Office and industry as a whole.

Liz Hourahine is a Data Analyst apprentice...

Making sense of the big data economy

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 04/30/2017 - 6:24pm

Top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming have teamed up with leading scientists at the MET Office to run through the numbers on the challenges and opportunities faced in the Big Data Economy.

The Information Age is allowing Industry to become more data-intensive, with companies and organisations using technology to collect vast amounts of information to understand trends, develop controls, make better forecasts, improve products and services and create solutions for the future.

A strategic Big Data conference took place at the MET Office's headquarters on Exeter's Business Park on...

Five Exeter building projects shortlisted in Michelmores Property Awards 2017

Authored by Michelmores
Posted: Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:34am

Five Exeter building projects have been shortlisted in the 2017 Michelmores Property Awards which celebrate outstanding property and construction projects in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories.

The Met Office's High Performance Computer Complex was shortlisted in the category of Public Project of the Year and Building of the Year, whilst the Exeter Cricket Ground Development was shortlisted for Commercial Project of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Cranbrook & Skypark District Heating Scheme, was shortlisted under Sustainable Project of the...

WARNING over strong winds as Storm Doris hits

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:07am

Some very strong winds are expected today (Thursday) in association with storm Doris with gusts of 60-70 mph likely, and 70-80 mph on coasts and hills.

Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris. Trees are also likely to be damaged or blown over.

Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.

There is...

SW firms need to embrace big data says tech leader

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:23pm

Firms in the region are losing out because they are not embracing the benefits of big data, according to a Devon-based tech leader.

DataWise Intelligence has been founded by Devon-based global technology expert Peter McCann (pictured) with a team set up at Exeter Science Park to help the region’s companies achieve stronger growth through better use of data.

Whilst many larger national and international companies are using advanced online data management services to improve how they run and grow their business, an affordable and effective approach for local and regional...

Exeter hosts international climate science conference

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:28am

The end of a four year long, cutting edge project linking scientific research with societies needs is marked with a major conference

The International Conference on Climate Science and Climate Services is being hosted this week by the Met Office.

Amid concerns that global societies are becoming more vulnerable to changes in our climate, the European Climate Observations, Modelling and Services (ECOMS) initiative was formed in June 2012. The social benefits of access to the best climate science and services can be profound and the aim has been to ensure a close coordination...

Prepare for another scorcher!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:53am

The vulnerable and elderly were today warned to take extra care as temperatures were expected to hit up to 31C.

Devon is in for another scorching day with wall to wall sunshine.

Hot weather can cause heat exhaustion in people and animals. Also, bacteria on food and rubbish develop more quickly in the heat.

It's important to be aware of friends and neighbours during a heatwave and to let people know if you are on your own and have any concerns. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated.

The Met Office...

Met Office celebrates Women in Engineering Day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:33pm

The importance of women in engineering is being celebrated today and supported by the Met Office.

Today is National Women in Engineering Day, a day promoted by the Women's Engineering Society to mark their achievements in engineering.

The Met Office is highlighting the importance of gender equality throughout 2016 by backing a number of events promoting the significance of women within the organisation.

For the first time this year the Met Office is involved in Soapbox Science, a public outreach platform which aims to bring science to the people and challenge gender...