Monday, March 12, 2012


date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 11:52:30 GMT
from: "Prof B.E. Launder" <>
subject: Response to Revised Draft
to: Mike Hulme <>


Time is very short and my comments are limited to essentials that can
easily be implemented. If we get through this first filter, we must
start straight away on the full proposal.


General Remarks

* As you said, the outline is still too long (by at least a factor
of two) and many sections are too discursive. In taking a red
pencil, however, you must be selective as some bits are already
compactly written or need augmentation.

* In particular, the Engineering input is hardly visible. This will
be damaging in the eyes of the referees to be used by EPSRC. A few
small additions are proposed below.

Specific Comments

Page 4:

* If it is thought helpful to the proposal to include the designatory
letters 'FRS', the corresponding signal of Fellowship of the Royal
Academy of Engineering, FREng, should also be appended to my name
(See remark above about giving Engineering greater visibility).

In view of space constraints, DO NOT add the rationale but it will
be helpful for the full proposal.

Page 5:

Paragraph 1: Research Director .... will have "overall
responsibility for the Centre" (NOT ' control of')

Final Paragraph, 3rd sentence: after "locate" add "the headquarters

Page 6:

lines 3 and 4: "Two 'satellite' centres will be established at
Southampton and UMIST which wil include offices staffed by a
part-time coordinator and a secretary"

Paragraph 3 [The detailed composition of the Centre's management team
will need discussion by the participants later. No further
explanation is merited at this stage].

2lb [Yes 'Environment Research Centre' is OK for now].

Page 7: Box: As noted in earlier e-mail Stewart Miller died a couple
of weeks ago. Please include the designatory letters 'FREng'
immediately following Dr J J McQuaid's name.

Page 8: RP1: Desperately wordy. Is it necessary to put this theme

Page 9: RP2: [Better - even though longer. There's more meat]

Page 10, paragraph 3, amend as follows: "and in France to develop
more reliable flow-simulation software and to assess the political,
economic ..."

Final paragraph, line 1: "complement" [i.e. no "i"].

Page 11: Top: Include in list of contributing organizations: British
Energy, Electricit� de France.

Page 12: RP6: Again written too expansively.

Page 13: 'Knowledge transfer' [not hyphenated]
Line 1: 'communicating with' [not "to"]
I am concerned that the proposed expenditure of effort and money on
"pro-active media strategy", "roadshows" and "popular publications
for targeted audiences (such as high schools)" will not be seen as
appropriate for a research centre. If this is included, it should be
made clear that the costs would be met from "soft money" not the RC
grant. Given pressures on space, it would be best to delete it.

Additional funding: not true that all have attracted money in the
area of "climate change". Little of the engineering work has been
directed at climate change per se.

Perhaps: "in the field of climate change and areas related thereto".
Can we really claim that "all" participants have been "extremely
successful"? I don't think I could claim that for myself and it
seems doubtful if all the others named could.

Page 15: Operational Principles:

I am unclear what the third sentence of the first bullet point means.

Bullet point 4: We will surely need to adopt rigorous peer-reviewed
and- assessed procedures for allocating the �1.4 M. p.a. Clearly,
some independent input and monitoring (the Advisory Board?) will be
essential to retain the RC's confidence

Box B: There will need to be secretarial support for the UMIST and (I
suppose) Southampton coordinators. Further discussions will
therefore be needed on the precise distribution.

Page 18: Possible additional entries:

* British Energy: Collaborative work on assessing and refining
software for predicting temperature variations in coolant circuits of
nuclear reactors under failure scenarios.

*Electricit� de France: Development of software for simulating tidal
and wind driven sea motion in the English Channel and North Sea.

Page 20: Please use my 'user-friendly' e-mail address:

I would suggest that in this list we should drop the FRS attached to
John Shepherd's name and mine.

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