ReCoVER - Research on Changes of Variability and Environmental Risk
The ReCoVER network aimed to encourage research into novel mathematical tools and novel applications of mathematics for understanding, predicting and managing the effects of environmental change, in particular where related to climate variability and impacts on societal resilience.

It was funded for the period between April 2015 to June 2018 and during this time ran a number of activities and events as well as funding a number of research projects that contribute to the aims of the network.
ReCoVER was affiliated with the research network CliMathNet and formed part of the EPSRC-funded Maths for LWEC (Living with Environmental Change) Research Group which also included SECUREPast Earth Network and Maths Foresees.
The project management for ReCoVER was largely based at the University of Exeter:
  • Peter Ashwin
  • Tim Lenton
  • Emily Paremain
And was assisted by a panel of experts who were asked to evaluate projects and give guidance to the management team:
  • Paul Bates (University of Bristol)
  • Chris Budd (University of Bath)
  • Peter Challenor (University of Exeter)
  • Peter Cox (University of Exeter)
  • Darryl Holm (Imperial College, London)
  • Dragan Savic (University of Exeter)

ReCoVER Projects

Below is the list of projects that were supported by RECoVER.
Pilot Projects

Modelling heterogeneous consumer behaviour and diverse policy levers in global IAMs: proof of concept.

Jean-Francois Mercure (University of Cambridge), Charlie Wilson (University of East Anglia)


A social observatory for climate change.

Hywel Williams (University of Exeter)


Quantifying Uncertainty in ANTarctic Ice Sheet instability (QUAntIS).

Tamsin Edwards (Open University), Philip Holden (Open University), Neil Edwards (Open University)


Rainfall variability in a changing climate: stochastic versus deterministic dynamics.

Yue-Kin Tsang (University of Exeter), Geoffrey Vallis (University of Exeter), Jacques Vanneste (University of Edinburgh)


Assessing the value of climate tipping point early warning investments.

Tim Lenton (University of Exeter), Andrew Jarvis (Lancaster University), Daniel Williamson (University of Exeter)


Spatio-temporal dynamics of damage functions in IAMs.

Neil Edwards (Open University), Hector Pollitt (Cambridge Econometrics), Jean-Francois Mercure (University of Cambridge), Peter Ashwin (University of Exeter)


Accelerated climate model emulation to capture uncertainties in modelling of future climate.

Serge Guillas (University College London), Kai-Lan Change (University College London), Chris Brierley (University College London)


Gauging Limitations of Imperfect Model Prediction with Sculpted Ensembles (GLIMPSE).

Lenny Smith (London School of Economics)


Optimal use of reduced precision hardware in weather and climate models.

Tim Palmer (University of Oxford), Peter Ashwin (University of Exeter), Fenwick Cooper (University of Oxford), Peter Duben (University of Oxford)


New statistical methods for calibrating ensemble forecasts of extreme weather events.

Robin Williams (University of Exeter), Christopher Ferro (University of Exeter), Frank Kwasniok (University of Exeter)


Agent-based models for the anakysis of early warning signals of ecosystem tipping points.

James Dyke (University of Southampton), David Armstrong-McKay (University of Southampton), John Alfred Dearing (University of Southampton), C Patrick Doncaster (University of Southampton), Rong Wang (Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Sciences)


Time-Parallel methods for climate models: Pilot Study

Jemma Shipton (Imperial College, London), Colin Cotter (Imperial College, London), Beth Wingate (University of Exeter), Daniel Ruprecht (University of Leeds)


Advances Data Clustering for Climate Science Applications: A Pilot Study

Ryan Hossaini (Lancaster University), Richard Hyde (Lancaster University), Amber Leeson (Lancaster University)


Fast Statistical Influence for Climate Projections with INLA

Stefan Siegert (University of Exeter)