Thursday, April 12, 2012


date: Fri Sep 26 17:03:28 2008
from: Phil Jones <>
subject: Re: Fwd: UNcertainty
to: Keith Briffa <>,

Keith, Tim,
Just a few words to follow up our discussions. I'll be checking during next week,
and you can also bring anything later out with you on Tuesday to Amsterdam.
Emphasis for me is still Impacts (especially water), as this plays to CRU
strengths in the obs data, access to model output (and UKCIP08) and the use
of both in impacts models. We have some experience in the latter, much
more than others in ENV. One key aspect is being at the start of
impact projects, so we can inform the sector of what is possible observationally
and what the models can and can't do. Our experience in this comes from
all the ECLAT workshops. Water was always the most organized of the sectors,
as they were used to running catchment models.
In some EPSRC projects we are looking at building design - future proofing
the latest designs.
In all these sectors when people consider climate change, they initially go
to the people they usually deal with - engineers, architects.designers etc.
Climate Change then has to fit in with what people normally do.

At 14:41 26/09/2008, Keith Briffa wrote:


From: "Tim Jickells" <>
To: <>,
"'J Andrews'" <>,
"'Alastair Grant'" <>,
"'Burgess Jacquelin Prof \(ENV\)'" <>,
"'Andrew Watkinson'" <>,
"'Turner Kerry Prof \(ENV\)'" <>
Subject: UNcertainty
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:33:39 +0100
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I attach an attempt at trying to write up the discussion we had on Wednesday about a big
idea for the VC for ENV. I have called it Uncertainty but given the possible resultant
strap line of "we don't know what we're doing" I think we need a better title!. I have
tried to imagine something that could stretch across much of ENV and in the process I
have strayed into areas so far beyond my knowledge that there are heresies in here of
considerable scale I suspect. I beg your indulgence and invite you to correct these and
also consider if you still think this idea has merit in the cold light of day. I have
aimed to keep this short and of course the devil is in the detail, but any pitch for the
funding will initially deal with the idea not the detail. If there is a consensus to
move this forward then we'll need to think how to do that.
Professor Tim Jickells
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ UK
tel 01603593117, fax 01603 591327

Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.
Phone: +44-1603-593909
Fax: +44-1603-507784

Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

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