[OKFN-EN] NERC DTC call: big data, risk and mitigation

Jack Townsend jack at jacktownsend.net
Fri Mar 14 12:37:32 UTC 2014

UK research council looking to set up doctoral training centre on using big data for risk and mitigation

> 2. Risk and mitigation; using Big Data CDT
> ·         Society and the environment are becoming increasingly susceptible to changes associated with a fast expanding and ageing population, highly interdependent economies, increasingly limited resource, natural hazards events and rapid climate change. The complex, interdependent and rapidly changing risks derived from these interacting drivers often result in unexpected impacts far removed from the original trigger.
> ·         Decision makers in business, government and society need to understand the risks faced and develop appropriate mitigation strategies. NERC science and data currently underpins a large amount of the risk assessment, and there is an urgent need for tools to help decision makers assess risk from these increasingly complex interconnected hazards, to understand the uncertainties associated with them, to communicate risk and enable decision making under uncertainty.
> ·         Funding for ten studentships will be awarded per annum, and the CDT award will provide funding for three years of new student intake from 2015-16.
> ·         Two of the studentships in the 2016 cohort will be interdisciplinary studentships co-funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and NERC.
> http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/documents/cdt-2014-risk.pdf

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