Advanced Technical Skills (ATS) training

Key to the success of DREAM research is the provision of advanced technical training to the doctoral researchers. DREAM seeks to address the sponsor NERC’s priority skills in the area of risk and uncertainty (NERC/LWECs 2012 ‘Most Wanted Postgraduate and Professional Skills in the Environment Sector’). The training approach in DREAM will foster cross-disciplinary skills in risk and uncertainty alongside practical knowledge from industrial and policy perspectives pertaining to the integration of Big Data science into policy and decision-making. Researchers will work across the natural/ social science boundaries and develop experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams to deliver excellence in research applied to practical solutions.

Research themes will address quantitative risk assessment, uncertainty modelling, risk and uncertainty communication, risk evaluation and the management of uncertainty. These elements will be embedded into the direct understanding of the needs and requirements of industry and policy practitioners. Students will become familiar with industrial best practice, standard and advanced risk techniques and leading-edge research developments applicable to the environmental sectors, complemented with expertise in the latest data-informatics methods.

During the first two years of Doctoral studies, DREAM students will undertake seven training modules, drawn from the list below – decided upon in concert with the supervision team and respecting the research topic. The ‘Advanced Technical Skills (ATS)’ modules and CPD courses open to DREAM students include:


High Performance Computing

Computing science for mathematicians (NU)
Programming for Big Data (NU)
Cloud Computing (NU)
Machine Learning (NU)
Programming with Java (CU)
Introduction to database design & use (Cam)
Parallel programming: Options & Design (Cam)
Introduction to MPI (Cam)
Introduction to Open MP (Cam)
Scientific computing (Cam)



Advanced GIS (CU)
Applied Environmental Informatics (CU)
GIS Fundamentals (CU)
Image Processing & Analysis (CU)
Spatial Data & the Internet (CU)
Spatial Data Management (CU)
Agri-Informatics: applications of Big Data delivering Food Security (CU)
Environmental Informatics (NU)
Big Data Analytics (NU)
Time Series Analysis (NU)
GIS Introduction (NU)
Geographic Information Science: Theory & Application (NU)
Advanced Environmental Data Analysis, Using GIS (NU)
Lidar Data in ArcGIS (NU CPD)
Mobile GIS, Network Analysis in GIS (NU)
Introduction to GIS using Quantum GIS (NU)
Intermediate GIS using Quantum GIS (NU)
Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS (NU)
Intermediate GIS using ArcGIS (NU)
Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS (NU)
Hydroinformatic Systems Development (NU)
Intelligent Data Analysis (BU)
Spatial Data Analysis (Cam)


Numerical Methods

Quantitative Methods for Engineering (NU)
Statistics for computing scientists (NU)
Statistics for Big Data (NU)
Foundations in Applied Statistics (Cam)
Survey Methods (Cam)
Regression diagnostics (Cam)
Causal inference in quantitative social research (Cam)
Designing surveys (Cam)
Logistic regression (Cam)
Regression diagnostics (Cam)
Meta-analysis (Cam)
Time series analysis (Cam)
Atmospheric Data Processing & Statistics (BU)
Multilevel modelling (Cam)
Game Theory (Cam)
Factor Analysis (Cam)
Structural Equation Modelling (Cam)



Modelling Environmental Processes (CU)
Modelling of Floods (NU)
Modelling & Forecasting of Floods (NU)
Groundwater Modelling (NU)
Computational Hydraulics (NU)
Hydrosystems Modelling (NU)
Soil Modelling & Numerical Methods (NU)
Weather Forecasting & Climate Modelling (BU)
Environmental Analysis & Modelling (BU)
Surface Water Hydrology (BU)
Modelling for Health Economics (BU)


Risk Analysis

Environmental Policy & Risk Governance (CU)
Environmental Risks – Hazard Assessment & Management (CU)
Risk Communication & Perception (CU)
Risk Toxicology (CU)
Understanding & Communicating Environmental Risk & Uncertainty (CU)
Exposure & Health, Options for Flood Risk Management (NU)
Flood Management: Governance, Planning & Project Appraisal (NU)
Risk, Uncertainty & Information (BU)


Environmental Analysis

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios & Threats (NU)
Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts & Adaptation (NU)
Conservation and Development (Cam)
Environment, Society and Development (Cam)
Conversation and Discourse Analysis (Cam)
Comparative Historical Methods (Cam)
Researching Organisations (Cam)
Experimental Methods (Cam)
Doing Qualitative Interviews (Cam)
Researching Organisations (Cam)
Innovative Qualitative Methods: ‘Q’ Methodology (Cam)
Foundations of Qualitative Methods (Cam)
Environmental Protection & Climate Change (BU)
Environmental Geophysics (BU)
Atmospheric Observations (BU)
Physical Climatology and Climate Change (BU)
Meteorological Applications and Services (BU)
Econometrics for Environmental Valuation (BU)
Visual Research Methods (BU)
Policy Evaluation (BU)
Precision Agriculture (CU)
Marine Management Organisation – Risk-based Environmental Assessment (CU)
UAVs for Environmental Monitoring (CU)
Health Economics (BU)
Practical Epidemiology & Statistics (BU)
Economic Evaluation in Health Care (BU)
Occupational Health (BU)
Science of Occupational Health (BU)
Safety & the Environment (BU)
Urban & Regional Planning (BU)

Training courses offered by: CU – Cranfield | NU – Newcastle | Cam – Cambridge | BU – Birmingham