Climate change is arguably one of the greatest challenges that human civilisation will face in the 21st century. With the rise in carbon emissions continuing unabated and the evidence for human-induced climate change stacking up, the need to take action to mitigate future climate change grows.
So what are these climate models on that so much of our decision-making rests? Dame Julia’s lecture will examine how fundamental physics has shaped our understanding of the climate system, and how over the course of her career as a climate scientist, this has been encapsulated in climate models.
She will discuss how climate models act as the laboratory for climate science enabling us to understand how the climate system works; and explain how climate models allow us to look forward in time, and examine the potential impacts of climate change on lives and livelihoods around the world. Finally, nothing is certain in science, and handling and communicating uncertainty is a major challenge for climate science. Dame Julia will conclude her lecture by discussing how this can be addressed within a risk-based approach to action on climate change.
Registration from: 6pm
Lecture begins: 6.30pm
Welcome: Dr Frances Saunders, President of the Institute of Physics
Expected conclusion: 8pm followed by refreshments