European Meeting at the Meteorological Office, Exeter on 5th May 2017
I was excited to be at my first BFWG open day and I totally enjoyed networking during the buffet sandwich lunch with women from all walks of life. At Midday, a talk was given by Dr Cath Senior on Climate modelling: credibility and capability. She talked about how the dynamics of the atmosphere could be modelled by formulating equations, thus being able to predict the weather. These models used to predict the weather change in temperature are done using complex supercomputers (housed in the MET office) which perform trillions of calculations per second. We were made aware that the observed temperature has changed over the years from 1890-2010 and these change were as a result of man-made influences. An on-going challenge for the MET office is that it is difficult to model cloud because they would have to develop models for the different time frames. We were made to understand that policy on climate change would require credibility, predictions, amount of the scale coupled with climate models.
TURNING SCIENCE INTO SERVICES: An Introduction to the Work of the Met Office
Dr Vicky Pope, Head of Science and Technology Futures
Vice - Admiral Fitzroy (Captain of Darwin’s ship Beagle) in 1854 noted patterns in the weather. Weather forecasting was then under the Board of Trade) He produced a chart of the great October storm in 1859 and invented a barometer to be used in port before setting out and another for use at sea. He was appointed head of a new department to deal with the collection of weather data. The Shipping Forecast is now broadcast on radio every 6 hours and is available 24/7 on the Met Office website.
Dr Pope gave the following historical events:
The first official weather forecast was made in 1923 printed in The Times
In 1944 the Met Office forecast the weather for the D Day landings and saved many lives by delaying invasion by 24 hours.
BFWG ANNUAL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2017-2018
2017 Diary Dates
23 January GLAWG Dr Pushpa Arabindoo 'Between academia and practice:why force the divide?
Soroptimist Club 63 Bayswater Rd 6-8pm
9 February Finance Meeting BFWG HQ
18 February Management Team BFWG HQ
25 February Eastern Region AGM venue tbc
4 March Mercia and Wales Regional AGM Bishop Allenby's Hall, St Stephens St, Worcester. WR37HS
11 March Executive Meeting BFWG HQ
25 March Northern Region AGM (Lincoln & Lincolnshire) The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln LN2 1PN. 10.30 for 11.00/15 30
25 March Southern Region AGM, International Hotel, Ashford Kent.
5 May Independents/European Meeting. Meteorological Office. Exeter
9 May Scholarship Fund Trustees Meeting
13 May Canterbury &District LA Symposium 'Positive aspects of Ageing'. Canterbury Christ Church University
6 June Finance Meeting BFWG HQ
10 June Research Presentation Day BFWG HQ
21/23 July BFWG National AGM and Conference. Collingwood College, Durham. Details to follow
24-27 August UWE AGM and Conference Graz, Austria. Details to follow
23 September Management Team BFWG HQ 1030/for 11.00
22 October 2017 North West Travel Bursary Presentation Day Hollins Hey Hotel, New Brighton.10.00/15.15
24 February 2018 Norfolk & Norwich "Regional meeting" Peak Farm, Norwich.Lunch 12.30 for 1.00 with Speaker