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13:00 - 14:00 6 March 2013

A brief introduction to climate science


Bedford Way LG04 | (link Map)
Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AP |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Stephen Smith, Climate Scientist, The Committee on Climate Change, Dr Steve Smith is climate scientist for the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The CCC advises the Government on greenhouse gas emissions targets and monitors progress towards meeting them. In addition Steve is a visiting researcher at the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Human-induced climate change is sometimes described as an enormous experiment with the planet. We are rapidly increasing the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, without knowing for certain what the consequences will be.

How can we develop an understanding of climate change when we don’t have spare Earths to experiment on? And how can we make predictions of long-term temperature when we can’t even predict the weather for next month?

This talk will explore efforts to build “spare Earths” in the form of climate models, and what it means to make a climate prediction. Scientists have been able to build some very complex models, producing cloud patterns and ocean currents that look quite realistic. But we will also look at a much simpler model that still tells us useful things about solving the climate change problem.


Vincent Gimbert
+44 (0)20 7679 5536 | v.gimbert@ucl.ac.uk


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