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Storms, floods and droughts: predicting and reporting adverse weather

Join David Shukman, Science Editor for BBC News, in conversation with Professor Tim Palmer FRS and Liz Howell, Head of BBC Weather and they discuss adverse and extreme weather conditions.

2012 was one of the “top five wettest years on record”, however the beginning of the year saw a widespread drought across much of the UK. Join David Shukman, Science Editor for BBC News, and Professor Tim Palmer FRS as they discuss extreme and adverse weather conditions with Liz Howell, Head of BBC Weather. How do these events arise, how they are reported, and how can the latest research improve the forecasting of storms or flooding in the future?

David Shukman previously worked at the BBC as European Correspondent, World Affairs Correspondent and Environment and Science Correspondent. He has reported from more than 90 countries, made a dozen trips to the Polar regions and is one of the few journalists to have flown on a weather research flight.

Professor Tim Palmer FRS is a Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics at the University of Oxford. He has pioneered the development of techniques to quantify uncertainty in weather and climate forecasts and was previously Head of the Probability Forecast Division at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts.

Liz Howell is Head of BBC weather and develops weather forecasting and presentation through the use of new platforms and technologies. She previously secured the commissioning of 12 highly successful BBC1 documentaries on the 2012 drought.


David Skukman | talks
Professor Tim Palmer FRS | talks
Liz Howell | talks


Date and Time:

4 March 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



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