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Climate modelling for a global audience

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

As the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Assessment Report is released, it is a good time to find out more about the science behind it. Over the last few years we have developed two courses through a project in conjunction with the Met Office Precis team and climate scientists here in Oxford, that gaims to encourage the sharing of high quality information about climate science, modelling and the interpretation of climate change modelling experiments.  This project has used online learning explicitly to target students in the developing world, aiming to reach areas where face to face training has not been able to make a widespread impact – although being online they are available to anyone anywhere so everyone can benefit.

To do this we developed a free course ‘An introduction to the science of climate and climate change‘  so far this has see just under 4000 students enrol, and this number is growing all the time. When last analysed we had students from 171 different countries and about 45%  of these were from the developing world.  This has been followed up by a second course ‘Constructing and Applying High Resolution Climate Scenarios‘ which enables small cohorts of fee paying students to learn more advanced content in small groups supported by a tutor. This again has achieved a truly global audience with students from Eritrea to Nepal, definitely reaching people who could never come to Oxford for a face to face course.  With so much of the scientific understanding on climate based around modelling, understanding how this actually works is information everyone can benefit from – and with our second course due to run next  on the 28th October, there is still time to sign up.

Reciprocate at Copenhagen

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009


The RECIPROCATE programme will allow global access to innovative online learning materials to enable scientists, climate practitioners and policy-makers to understand and exploit regional climate predictions.

RECIPROCATE will additionally build and support an online community of practice through which, knowledge and expertise about regional climate modelling can be shared. This will be of particular benefit in countries where such expertise is not so readily available.

RECIPROCATE combines climate prediction expertise from the University of Oxford team and the Met. Office Hadley Centre PRECIS team with the expertise of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education’s expertise in delivering innovative and effective education and training solutions.


Like everyone else in the climate world some of the partners in the RECIPROCATE project will be at the Copenhagen COP 15.  Richard Jones (Met Office) and Niel Bowerman ( will be at the Met Office and University of Oxford stands.  If you are at Copenhagen you can try and catch up with them, otherwise you can just visit our website to find out more and register your interest.