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June 16 - June 22
  • 16
    16.June.Sunday
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  • 17
    17.June.Monday

    Synoptic settings of Australian rainfall extremes

    14:00 -15:00
    17-06-2019

    Speaker: Dr Bethan White (Monash University)

    Two-way interactions between terrestrial ecosystem and climate system

    16:15 -17:15
    17-06-2019
    SoGE, OUCE, South Park Road, Oxford
    SoGE, OUCE, South Park Road, Oxford

    Speaker : Dr Jin-Soo Kim (Global Change Ecology, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)

  • 18
    18.June.Tuesday

    Coral reef fish communities in the Indian Ocean: Separating influences of climate change, fishing and biogeography

    12:00 -13:00
    18-06-2019
    11a Mansfield Road , Oxford
    11a Mansfield Road , Oxford

    Speaker : Dr Melita Samoilys (University of Oxford )

    From pollution to solution: will China save the planet?

    17:00 -18:15
    18-06-2019
    Old India Institute, Broad Street, Oxford
    Old India Institute, Broad Street, Oxford

    Barbara Finamore is the Senior Strategic Director for Asia at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) followed by a drinks reception, book sale and signing

    Now that Trump has turned the United States into a global climate outcast, will China take the lead in saving our planet from environmental catastrophe? Many signs point to yes. China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, is leading a global clean energy revolution, phasing out coal consumption and leading the development of a global system of green finance.

    But as leading China environmental expert and author of Will China Save the Planet? Barbara Finamore will explain in this talk, it is anything but easy. The fundamental economic and political challenges that China faces in addressing its domestic environmental crisis threaten to derail its low-carbon energy transition. Yet there is reason for hope. China’s leaders understand that transforming the world’s second largest economy from one dependent on highly polluting heavy industry to one focused on clean energy, services and innovation is essential, not only to the future of the planet, but to China’s own prosperity.

    We will also hear from respondent Radhika Khosla, Research Director at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College.
    Registration recommended >>

    Empowering the great energy transition while fossil fuels are still abundant: The U.S. challenge

    17:00 -18:30
    18-06-2019
    Gottmann Room, SoGE
    Gottmann Room, SoGE

    Speaker: Prof Marilyn A. Brown (Georgia Tech)

  • 19
    19.June.Wednesday

    Seminar: Methane emissions from natural gas: super emitters and climate metrics

    11:00 -12:00
    19-06-2019
    SoGE, OUCE, South Park Road, Oxford
    SoGE, OUCE, South Park Road, Oxford

    Speaker: Dr Paul Balcombe (Imperial College London)

    CO2 emissions from natural gas are lower than other fossil fuels, but methane emissions from the supply chain reduce this climate benefit and are highly variable. Additionally, the appearance of super emitters in every stage of the supply chain skews the distribution significantly. Methane is a very potent but short-lived greenhouse gas, where Global Warming Potentials are typically used to compare gases with ‘CO2 equivalences’, but there is growing acknowledgment of their limitations and a desire to use other metrics and time horizons. Research at the Methane and Environment Programme, Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College London, examines the effect of the variability of methane emissions and the use of different climate metrics, and time horizons, on the potential contribution of natural gas to governmental decarbonisation pathways. The research develops a technology-rich probabilistic emissions model and conducts life cycle assessments of different supply chains and end-uses. We assess the benefits of using different climate metrics, such as the global temperature change potential (GTP), as well as other timeframes, for different industrial, governmental and academic applications. Results from the probabilistic assessment shows extremely heavily skewed emissions, resembling a log-log-logistic distribution for most supply chains: estimates vary by a factor of 100 across metrics, gas fields and supply chain routes. The role of natural gas in decarbonisation pathways must be managed carefully to avoid unintended consequences of increased supply chain methane emissions. Given the short-lived nature of atmospheric methane, the timing of natural gas production (and emissions) is a key consideration in energy transitions and minimising peak temperatures.

  • 20
    20.June.Thursday

    Seminar by James Hocking (Met Office)

    11:30 -12:30
    20-06-2019
    Dobson Room, AOPP
    Dobson Room, AOPP

    title TBA

    Can We Prevent Climate Breakdown by Restoring Ecosystems?

    17:00 -18:00
    20-06-2019
    OUCE, SoGE, South Parks Road
    OUCE, SoGE, South Parks Road

    Guest speaker: George Monbiot

    Inaugural Biodiversity Network Annual Lecture

    Abstract
    The inaugural University of Oxford Biodiversity Network Annual Lecture will present a talk by George Monbiot to explore how rewilding and restoring ecosystems can help to prevent climate breakdown. George is co-founder of the Natural Climate Solutions initiative https://www.naturalclimate.solutions
    The lecture will be followed by a discussion forum, and a drinks reception. George is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life, and Heat: how to stop the planet burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. George’s TED talk entitled “How Wolves Change Rivers” has been viewed over 50m times.

    Bookings can be made online >>

    New economic and moral foundations for the Anthropocene

    17:00 -18:00
    20-06-2019
    Old India Institute, Broad Street, Oxford
    Old India Institute, Broad Street, Oxford

    Speaker : Prof Eric Beinhocker (INET Oxford Executive Director)

    Booking >>

  • 21
    21.June.Friday

    Seminar: Dynamically consistent parameterization of mesoscale eddies

    14:00 -15:00
    21-06-2019
    Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
    Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford

    Speaker: Dr. Pavel Berloff (Imperial College London)

    Abstract: This work aims at developing new approach for parameterizing mesoscale eddy effects for use in non-eddy-resolving ocean circulation models. These effects are often modelled as some diffusion process or a stochastic forcing, and the proposed approach is implicitly related to the latter category. The idea is to approximate transient eddy flux divergence in a simple way, to find its actual dynamical footprints by solving a simplified but dynamically relevant problem, and to relate the ensemble of footprints to the large-scale flow properties. https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/31747

    Tea/coffee will be provided in the Common Room after the seminar.

    Leaf temperatures in tropical forests: what do we know and why is it important?

    15:30 -16:30
    21-06-2019

    Speaker : Dr Sophie Fauset (University of Plymouth)
    Booking required >>

  • 22
    22.June.Saturday
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