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CATS 'Roasts'

'Roasts' are informal seminars hosted by CATS for the purpose of reporting on work in progress. They usually involve a lively discussion of the current research topic of the 'roastee', which takes place at the whiteboard over lunchtime within CATS.

  • 5 December 2013 - Peter Irvine, Research Fellow at IASS in Potsdam, working on geoengineering, including the geoMIP and climate model studies, on 'The Limits of Climate Control'.
  • 6 November 2013 - Nick Watkins, Senior Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, on 'Bunched black swans: how Mandelbrot's models for heavy tails and long range dependence remain relevant today'.
  • 15 October 2013 - Gab Abramowitz, UNSW, on (a) ensemble interpretation paradigms and definitions of model dependence with them, and (b) an example from the land surface modelling community of how an under-constrained modelling environment and the pressure for more process inclusion into models has led to some deleterious results.
  • 23 September 2013 - Michael Denhard, Deutsche Wetterdienst, on 'Tricking decision makers with probabilities'.
  • Date TBC - Professor Henry Wynn, LSE (Chair of CATS), will give an introduction to statistics for experimental design.
  • 12 June 2013 - Dr Ole Peters, London Mathematical Laboratory and Santa Fe Institute, on ‘Time averages, ergodicity and utility theory’. Abstract.
  • 1 November 2012 - Lewis Mitchell, University of Vermont, on 'Data assimilation in slow-fast systems using homogenised climate models'.
  • 27 September 2012 - Erik Min, KNMI Netherlands, on 'Evaluation of trends in high temperature extremes in North-Western Europe in regional climate models'.
  • 17 February 2012 - Dr Reason Machete, University of Reading, on 'Calibrating a wrong model'.
  • 20 January 2012 - Dr Erica Thompson, Imperial College London, on 'Statistical and dynamical models of North Atlantic storms'.
  • 19 October 2011 - Dr Ed Hawkins, University of Reading, on 'Climate uncertainty: From what to when'.