The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (UK) Chair in Modeling and Prediction of Marine Environmental Extremes

There is growing evidence to suggest that extreme marine events—notably storms such as hurricanes and typhoons—are becoming more likely in some regions, and that their occurrence may increase over the next century. These present severe risks for marine transportation, oil and gas exploration and the development of coastal infrastructure.

Predicting these events involves complicated local and global weather systems and their interaction with the oceans and polar ice caps. Today, though, researchers are closer than ever before to understanding when, where, and with what force such storms will occur, thanks to advanced data collection methods, computer modeling and a global communications infrastructure enabling international collaboration.

The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (UK) Chair in Modeling and Prediction of Marine Environmental Extremes (2010-15) is an international collaboration bringing together researchers in oceanography and climate physics from Canada, Australia, the UK and Brazil. Its research will improve short-term forecast of extreme marine events and estimate their frequency over the coming decades, producing new models as useful to scientists as they will be to the ocean’s offshore and transportation industries.