This talk will review some of the difficulties, theoretical and practical, in predicting next week's weather and next century's climate.
He outlines some new approaches to solving the equations of climate using explicitly stochastic mathematics and discuss the implications of this for the way climate modelling might be organised internationally in the future.
Tim Palmer bio: Professor Palmer researches the predictability and dynamics of weather and climate.
He has developed new models for climate prediction and has also worked on the application of weather and climate forecasts for malaria prediction, flood forecasting, and crop yield estimation.
Professor Palmer has been a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change third assessment report, has coordinated two European Union climate projects, and was co-chair of the international scientific steering group of a World Climate Research Programme project on climate variability and predictability.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003, and served on the Royal Society Council in 2008-9. He is currently President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and a member of the government's Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Climate Change Committee.
Event poster: http://www.iop.org/activity/groups/subject/ncp/calendar/info/file_52613.pdf (PDF, 3 MB)