Birds-eye view of sea water swirling around. Lots of beautiful blue hues. Photo by Josiah Weiss on Unsplash


ERC Stochastic transport in upper ocean dynamics (STUOD) and EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE CDT) are hosting 3.5-day Hackathon scheduled to take place from 28th to 31st March. In this challenging period of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be held entirely virtually.

 Aims and Objectives:

The aim of this event is to create a virtual environment for researchers to:

  • deliver mathematical based problem solving on challenges coming from STUOD,
  • collaborate on topics of importance and network with peers and colleagues.


The participants will receive information packs that describe their assigned challenge a week prior to the event and will need to familiarize themselves with their task. On the first day of the Hackathon, they will attend a short briefing followed by a Q&A session. The delegates will then break into preassigned teams (with a nominated academic leader to facilitate their work). Over the next three days they will work on their challenge together with their team. The work will involve coding, modelling, sketching solutions, preparing a final report and giving a presentation on the final day of the Hackathon. The Hackathon will conclude with a presentation mini-session where the teams will feedback on the progress made, with written reports on potential solutions to be provided shortly after.


Examples of challenges that Hackathon participants will look at how the mathematical sciences can provide support in are:

Challenge 1: Forecast of the sea surge

Challenge 2: Data assimilation with nudging applied to SQG (access to MATLAB required)

Challenge 3: Numerical experimentation for Stochastic Models for SQG (access to MATLAB required)

Challenge 4: Tropical cyclone (TC) track forecast


The winning team will receive £100 Amazon vouchers for each team member. Runners-up will receive £50 Amazon vouchers for each team member.

Everyone taking part will receive a LinkedIn endorsement from STUOD. 


The Programme is being developed and further details will be available shortly, but we anticipate that the event will run from 09.30 – 17.15 each day.

How to Take Part:

Places are limited and will be allocated balancing a first-come-first-served basis and on specific capabilities. Registration details will be sent to confirmed delegates.

If you:

(a) would like to take part, please submit an expression of interest by completing this form specifying the capabilities you might wish to bring to the challenges as well as preferences regarding the challenges you would like to brainstorm with the group (maximum of 1 challenge). Deadline for completing the form is 21st March 2022. We will then confirm attendance as soon as we can.

(b) have a question you would like ask of the challenges in advance, please do contact

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