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Wintry weather near Dolgellau 1952 (Flickr Commons – Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales)

Dr Sarah Davies and Dr Cerys Jones of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University are co-investigators on a successful bid to the AHRC  ‘Care for the Future’ emerging research theme.

The  3 year project, entitled ‘’Spaces of experience and horizons of expectation’: the implications of extreme weather events, past, present and future’, is led by Professor Georgina Endfield (University of Nottingham). The project team also includes co-investigators Dr Neil Macdonald (University of Liverpool) and Dr Simon Naylor (University of Glasgow), postdoctoral research fellow Dr Lucy Veale (Nottingham) and two other PDRAs to be appointed, one of which will be based in Aberystwyth.

Using a combination of archival documentary sources and oral history approaches, the team will investigate how people have understood, been affected by and responded to weather extremes over the last three centuries across the UK.

Case study regions in North and West Wales, the East Anglia Coast, Northwest Scotland, Central England and Southwest England will be used to examine strategies for coping with extreme weather and to explore how perceptions of risk and vulnerability to such events have changed through time.

The project team will be working in partnership with the Met Office ACRE project (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth), the Royal Geographical Society, English Heritage, Llen Natur and Natural Resources Wales.

The grant award will enable the project team to build on themes discussed at the joint C3W/Llên Natur ‘Historical Climatology Workshop’, held in April.  Research based in Aberystwyth will contribute to the Climate Change Consortium of Wales’ grand challenges of ‘Welsh Dimensions of Climate Change’ and ‘Hazard Evaluation and Risk.’ C3W staff will also help to support a variety of outreach activities. The total FEC value of the project, which starts in November 2013, is £1,060,854, of which around. £320,000 will be administered in Aberystwyth.