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Everything you always wanted to know about climate science (but were too afraid to ask)

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2016
When Mar 10, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry
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Ever wanted to know what 'globally averaged surface temperature' really means? Ever wondered about the difference between weather and climate? The Cambridge Centre for Climate Science (CCfCS) invites you to spend an evening with some of Cambridge's own climate scientists from a wide variety of specialisations (possibly including atmospheric science, oceanography, glaciology, geology, plant sciences, and others). Our panelists will be on hand to take questions from the audience on a wide variety of climate science issues. Come learn about the science straight from the source.

Suitable for a general audience (12+)

Speaker bios:

  1. Dr Peter Hitchcock is a postdoc whose research focuses on connections between the large-scale circulation patterns of the stratosphere and troposphere. Originally from Canada, he has been working in the Dept. of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics for the past four years.

  2. Dr Michelle Cain is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry. She uses measurements and computer models to study gases in the atmosphere and is currently working on the greenhouse gas methane in the Arctic.

  3. Dr Tom Bracegirdle has been conducting research into Arctic and Antarctic meteorology and climate for over a decade. His work at the British Antarctic Survey involves studying the mechanisms for contemporary climate trends and how the polar regions may change over the 21st century.

  4. Dr Alison Ming is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Her work uses idealised models, in which we have a good understanding the processes, 
    to explore the more complex climate system, and she is currently interested in the processes in the lower stratosphere.

  5. Dr James Pope has worked on a range of different climate science problems including geo-engineering, palaeo-climate and currently Antarctic climate and its effects on Antarctic sea ice, all this having started out with an undergraduate degree in Geology! 

  6. Ms Megan Stamper is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics' Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics group. Her current research interests include study of submesoscale ocean dynamics and investigation of their role in the global climate system.

  7. Dr Dan Jones is an oceanographer at the British Antarctic Survey. His uses a combination of theory, idealised models, and advanced numerical models to investigate ocean circulation and biogeochemistry, especially in the Southern Ocean.