6 December 2009BRISK researchers have been working intensely this summer on the Natural Environment Research Council scoping study on the 'analysis, propagation and communication of probability, uncertainty and risk' (SAPPUR). Led by Jonty Rougier and Steve Sparks, this is BRISK's first major multi-disciplinary funding success, involving researchers from Earth Sciences, Geographical Sciences and Mathematics. BRISK received £130k for a 5 month study, the aim of which was to work with the UK scientific community and international experts to provide scientific advice and recommendations to NERC to help develop a world-class research programme in uncertainty and risk. This study also brings BRISK to a wide national and international audience and income to the University. The scoping study is supported by Willis Re, whom we are seeking to develop a long-term relationship with, which we anticipate will include financial support. Further details are available on the SAPPUR section of the BRISK website
The main SAPPUR workshop was held 15-17 September, attracting over 60 participants, including academics from the US, Switzerland and Austria, as well as the UK, and representatives from Willis Re, the Environment Agency, Met Office, UK Climate Impacts Programme, Food and Environment Research Agency, National Oceanography Centre, and British Geological Survey.
The SAPPUR project concluded at the end of November.
If anyone would like further information about the project, please contact Lisa Hill (Lisa.Hill@bristol.ac.uk).