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Schoolchildren Help Predict Climate

Martin Dzbor, Tuesday 06 April 2004 | Annotate

The Nuffield Foundation (one of the UK's best known charitable trusts) has made a grant to widen the participation of school children in a climateprediction.net project, where KMi is one of the partners. The grant from the Nuffield Foundation would complement the base funding from NERC and DTI, and it will fund the development of teaching materials to link the project to the science and geography syllabuses. These syllabuses will be later used in schools throughout the Britain. The Nuffield Foundation was established in 1943 by the founder of Morris Motors. Lord Nuffield wanted his Foundation to 'advance social well being', particularly through research and practical experiment. The Foundation aims to achieve this by supporting work which will bring about improvements in society. Climateprediction.net is a cutting-edge scientific research project running a large-scale simulation of climate. The experiment allows a climate prediction model to be run on ordinary computers. By getting data from thousands of climate models, it will generate the world's largest climate prediction experiment. At the time of writing, the project had more than 55.000 participants from all around the world.

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