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The Science of Climate Change

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Over the past 165 years, the surface temperature of the Earth has increased by about 0.8°C. Climate scientists are overwhelmingly of the opinion that the majority of this warming results from the effect of gases emitted into the atmosphere by human activities. How can we be sure that this is the case? Does it matter? What can we say about the future? Joanna Haigh is Co-Director of the Grantham Institute of Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. She will be outlining the evidence for climate change and demonstrating how we can construct computer models of the climate to investigate how climate processes work. Later, she will explore the different approaches to tackling climate change and where the world is heading following the United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris in Nov/Dec 2015.

About the speaker: Joanna Haigh is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP). She is also a former President of the Royal Meteorological Society was appointed CBE for her services to physics in 2013. She has been awarded the IoP Chree Medal and Prize, and the RMetS Adrian Gill Prize, for her work on the interface between atmospheric science and solar physics.

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