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What is the project about?

The net-zero-dri scoping project will gather evidence to develop a clear roadmap for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to deliver carbon neutral digital research infrastructure (DRI) by 2040 or earlier.

You can find out more in the overview and project scope sections of this website.

Who is working on the project?

Staff from the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA).

The team will lead an initial, 19-month UKRI-wide study to survey the digital carbon landscape, run a set of demonstrators and develop a roadmap to ensure that UKRI’s data infrastructure can achieve net zero. Taking a systems-based approach, CEDA will work to develop adaptation strategies for the way data is conserved, analysed and managed.

The core project team includes:

Project Lead - Martin Jukes
Dr Martin Jukes is the Head of Atmospheric Science and Research and deputy head of CEDA. He is the project lead for the Net Zero Digital Researh Infrastructure Scoping Project. Martin has vast experience in the climate and atmospheric communities - including working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Senior Project Manager - Jen Bulpett
Jennifer joined CEDA in 2019 and works as a project manager across a number of different projects. Prior to this she was a Technology Consultant at Accenture for over 5 years working with numerous clients across different industries. Jennifer holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MSci (Hons) in Chemistry, both from the University of Bristol.

Project Manager - Katie Cartmell
Katie joined CEDA in March 2022 as a Project Manager. She previously worked at RAL Space as a Project Support Officer. She is currently working as both the Project Manager for this Net Zero Project and a Horizon Project. Her reponsibilites include managing and coordinating the Project Schedule, Risks & Issues, Milestones, Finances, Contracts and Stakeholder Management.

Science Officer - Charlotte Pascoe
Charlotte has extensive experience of the development and application of data models for climate science. Her work has supported model documentation for both the CMIP5 and CMIP6 climate model intercomparison projects. She is an associate member of the IPCC-Data Task Group and works on the IPCC Data Distribution Centre where the focus of her work is making climate data available to the wider climate science community.

Communications - Poppy Townsend
Poppy’s role as Communications Manager is to promote the work of the Net Zero DRI Scoping Project. Poppy’s previous role at CEDA was as a Data Scientist, responsible for providing data management support to researchers, predominantly for projects funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Poppy holds a MSc in Science Communication from UWE Bristol and a BSc in Ocean Science from Plymouth University.

Technical lead - Ag Stephens
As well as being technical lead on this project, Ag oversees the data pipeline that delivers Petabytes of climate simulations through the Model Intercomparison Projects (such as CMIP5/6) and looks after the UK Climate Projections User Interface which is managed by CEDA and runs on the JASMIN platform. Ag has a keen interest in developing better tools for improving data curation, management and delivery. He also oversees the CEDA training programme.

Summer students - Lucy Woodward (left) and Sophie Mosselmans (right)
Lucy is a 4th year MSci Physics student at the University of Nottingham with a strong interest in careers in science communication and climate solutions. Sophie is studing her MSci in Physics at Imperial College London and has previously done strategic communications work with the Global Returns Project.

When will the project start/end?

The project started in November 2021 and will run for 19 months.
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Who funded the project?

£1.86 million was awarded to the project from UKRI (administered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC))