Contributed by Louise Arnal, Rebecca Emerton, Liz Stephens, Hannah Cloke
It is not always easy to explain what you work on, especially when you have to avoid using jargon specific to your field. Yet, this is something that we almost all have to do from time to time. It is important to be able to explain your research simply in order to communicate effectively with scientists in other fields and, for example, businesses, policy makers and the public.
So we thought we’d have some fun with this and run a competition designed to really test how simply you can explain a common theme of all of our work: “Ensemble hydrological forecasting”.
Here is your challenge: using only the 200 most commonly used words of the English dictionary (listed below), you will have to explain what “Ensemble hydrological forecasting” is.
To help you out a little bit, you’re also allowed the use of the word “water”. You can make words plural and use punctuation, but you cannot conjugate verbs. You can write as much or as little as you need to explain the concept.
Submit your answer in the comment box below, starting the sentence with “Ensemble hydrological forecasting is…”.
The competition will be open until 21 March 2017, after which we will put the answers to a vote to choose a winner, who will receive a prize from the team at ECMWF.
Below is a list of words that you are allowed to use, in alphabetical order. In the first comment to this post, you will find an example if you’re struggling to get started.
These are the words you can use: