14 May 2009

Research from UCL features in the ‘2009 Better World Report’, which showcases examples of the most powerful research and technology to come out of universities that have had a positive impact on global health.

UCL’s spin-out Eurotempest Ltd and Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) were selected because of their groundbreaking capabilities in the prediction of severe weather conditions. The ventures were developed from work by Professor Mark Saunders and his fellow climate researchers at the university’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL).

Using sophisticated computer models, the team can assess the strength and pathway of storms, when they will arrive at geographical locations and how much damage they could cause. TSR tracks hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones worldwide and offers unrivalled accuracy in mapping their impacts. Eurotempest focuses on the destructive wind storms that often sweep across the European continent.

“We are delighted that our innovative storm warning and storm impact products are of benefit to global health and have saved many lives”, said Professor Saunders.

UCL is one of only two UK universities to feature in the report. Its inclusion reinforces the university’s commitment to carrying out research that has an impact on the health of communities around the world.

The Better World Report is published by the Association of University Technology Managers, with a view to promoting public understanding of how academic research and technology transfer have changed our way of life and made the world a better place.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory
MSSL is the UK’s largest university-based space science research group. MSSL delivers a cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a capability in space science instrumentation, systems engineering and project management.

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