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  Ros Cornforth Walker Institute Director


New Director for the Walker Institute

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ros Cornforth has been appointed as the new Walker Institute Director.

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Latest Walker Institute Newsletter now online

The Summer 2015 issue of the Walker Institute Newsletter is now available, with features ranging from climate resilience in Africa to UK drought prospects.

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  Renewable energy


Paper of the month July 2015 - Indian wind power

This month's paper of the month, by Caroline Dunning and co-authors from the University of Reading, looks at possible future impacts of climate change on 'breaks' in the Indian monsoon, and their impact on future renewable energy capacity.

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  Climate KIC summer school


Climate-KIC Journey summer school programme

This week the Walker Institute is hosting 30 postgraduate students from across Europe as part of the Climate-KIC Journey summer school programme.

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  Global Floods Partnership


Towards truly global flood warnings

The Global Floods Partnership is a multi-disciplinary group developing global-scale flood monitoring, forecasting and risk mapping tools.

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  Smart and sustainable


'Smart and Sustainable': Using Big Data to improve peoples' lives in cities

Can combining 'big data' and 'smart thinking' provide powerful potential benefits for cities?

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  New CCC report June 2015


New report from the Committee on Climate Change looks at how well the UK Government is doing in tackling climate change (30th June 2015)

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  One hundred years of Reading weather


NEW BOOK - One hundred years of Reading weather

Just published - a new book from the Department of Meteorology,

by Roger Brugge and Stephen Burt

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  Sir David King


Walker Institute Annual Lecture 2015

The Paris Climate Summit - hopes and expectations

Sir David King, UK's Special Representative on Climate Change.

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New phase for the Walker Institute

After eight years successfully leading the Walker Institute, Prof Nigel Arnell is stepping down as Director in August this year.

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Mountains warming faster, say scientists

An international team of scientists including Dr Maria Shahgedanova is calling for urgent action to monitor mountain regions after finding evidence that high elevations could be warming faster than previously thought.

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  ideation workshop


PhDs and researchers at 3 day innovation and business skills workshop.

Funded under the NERC SCENARIO Doctoral Training Programme.

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Water, food and climate change in Kazakhstan.

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  Andes mountains


Who pays for climate change damages?

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  Thames Barrier


The Great Debate - Engineering the environment: coping with climate change

Monday 16 March | 7.00pm

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  city outline


Cancellation of Eco-towns planning policy - read comment by Prof Gavin Parker

The coalition’s recent decision to revoke Eco-towns planning guidance is illogical, but not surprising.....read more>>


  Farmer in Mozambique


Flooding in Mozambique

Living with floods could be a better adaptation strategy than moving rural populations to new settlements.

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  Sir Gilbert Walker


Sir Gilbert Walker
an eminent meteorologist


Integrating the University of Reading’s excellence in climate change research


The University of Reading's Walker Institute aims to enhance understanding and improve prediction of the risks and opportunities from our changing climate.


The Institute brings together the unrivalled breadth and depth of climate expertise that exists within the University of Reading.


our climate our future image



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Understanding and predicting our changing climate and its impacts

We are pioneering a more integrated approach to understanding and predicting climate and how it affects us – on timescales from seasons to decades and beyond. We consider human-induced climate change and also natural variations in climate.

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Predicting   Predicting   Impacts

Delivering world-leading research, training and advice


At the Walker Institute our climate change research is both fundamental and integrated.

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Training the next generation of climate scientists is a priority.

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Contact us for scientifically sound advice on climate and climate change.

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