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Tackling Climate Change with Code - Heather Norton, JBA Consulting - CodeMill digital skills

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Most people are aware that the earth is warming, and that our society needs to make significant changes in order to stop it. This can seem like an impossible task, outside the scale of anyone’s everyday life. But Heather will demonstrate how one powerful software application, ForeCoast® Marine, is tackling a piece of this problem. She will briefly introduce the field of marine energy and explain how offshore wind farm developers are using this software to try out new strategies in a virtual world, resulting in better decisions and cheaper clean energy. She will share her recent experiences in scaling up the software to look at the impacts of climate change all over Europe, and explain how massive computer programs are acting as ‘crystal balls’ to locate vulnerable people, ecosystems, and industries so that we can mitigate against the impacts of climate change long into the future.


Heather Norton

Over the past 8 years Heather has written code for controlling lasers in atomic science experiments, helping entrepreneurs in rural Ghana with their financial planning, reducing energy use in office buildings, and a variety of projects in between. Originally from Canada, she studied Engineering Physics (Queen’s University) and Engineering for Sustainable Development (University of Cambridge) before settling at JBA Consulting in Skipton where she works on ForeCoast® Marine, the subject of her talk today.

From a talk at CodeMill digital skills meetup in March 2018 - https://www.meetup.com/CodeMill-Digital-Skills/events/245100929/

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Tackling Climate Change with Code - Heather Norton, JBA Consulting - CodeMill digital skills

  1. 1. Software for Society Tackling Climate Change with Code
  2. 2. About Me Heather Norton Software Developer www.forecoastmarine.com Contact me
  3. 3. Outline 1.The need for clean energy 2.Offshore wind power 3.ForeCoast® Marine 4.Climate adaptation 5.Conclusions
  4. 4. 1. The need for clean energy
  5. 5. The need for clean energy “There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent threat of a changing climate.” Barack Obama
  6. 6. 2. Offshore wind power
  7. 7. Offshore Wind - Opportunities
  8. 8. Offshore Wind - Challenges Dennis Schroeder/NREL/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  9. 9. Offshore Wind - Costs
  10. 10. 3. ForeCoast® Marine
  11. 11. ForeCoast® Marine – Functionality
  12. 12. ForeCoast® Marine – Use Simulation Analysis Strategy
  13. 13. 4. Climate adaptation
  14. 14. Climate Adaptation – Models Analysis Strategy Ruddiman, 2000
  15. 15. Climate Adaptation - Predictions Analysis Strategy
  16. 16. 5. Conclusions
  17. 17. Conclusions Analysis Strategy “Success is within reach of all our hands working together…[t]he world is waiting with bated breath and is counting on us all. ” Laurent Fabius