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PURE Associate Case Studies

In 2013/14, the Natural Environment Research Council funded  20 PURE Associate projects through the PURE Network.

It is vital that the knowledge and expertise arising from science is harnessed for the benefit of a wide range of end users. To facilitate this, NERC funded scientists from a number of leading UK Universities to work with businesses, policy makers and NGOs to apply their knowledge and skills to improve assessments of natural hazard risk and enhance decision making.

Each of the 20 projects which lasted for between three and six months, involved an academic being seconded to the user organisation to work on a specific problem or challenge. The programme was designed to be a fast-paced, flexible mechanism for knowledge exchange to generate impact.

The case studies for the NERC PURE Associate Collaborations are available by clicking on the links below:

Public Health England and University of Reading: Expanding and improving environmental heat and cold-stress forecasts

Centrica and the Univeristy of Reading: Week 3 Probabilistic Wind power forecasting

Seafood Shetland and the Scottish Association for Marine Science: Early warning and risk assessment of shellfish toxicity

CAFOD and University College London: Risk Visualisation and quantification for disaster risk reduction

MicroEnsure and University of Reading: Satellite-based rainfall estimates in weather based index insurance (Satwin)

MetOffice and Kings College London:Enhancing Calculation and Communication of UK Wildfire Severity Forecasts

JBA Trust and University of Lancaster: Tools and guidance for covariate analysis of threshold exceedances

Forestry Commission and University of Edinburgh: A model for standardised pest and disease risk assessment of UK Forests for carbon buffer and insurance purposes

Maplecroft and University of East Anglia: Embedding future projections of climate and extreme hydro-meteorological events into strategic risk management and decision making

Public Health England and University of Durham: Extreme weather events  and vulnerable people: Harnessing science to practice

Practical Action Consulting and University of Lancaster: Operation probabilistic flood forecasting model of the karnali river basin in Nepal

Scottish Government and Heriot-Watt University: Flood Awareness through engagement (FATE)

Forestry Commission England, Forest Research and University of Manchester: Developing a risk assessment approach for forest fire at the rural-urban interface: potential of the wildfire threat analysis framework

Department of Energy and Climate Change and London School of Economics: Visualisation of climate models for the DECC 2050 calculator 

RNLI and London School of Economics: Probabilistic weather information for RNLI

Risk Management Solutions and University College London:Incorporating parameter uncertainty in hurricane risk modelling

Concern Worldwide and University of Ulster: A Near Real Time Aftershock Forecasting Tool for Humanitarian Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning

EDF Energy and University of Oxford: Statistical model to predict the risk of clogging of water intake  by marine species

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Geological Survey and University of East Anglia: Trialling analysis of eruptive scenarios via economic and probabilistic aproaches on Tristan da cunha, and its application to decision support

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