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An introduction to climate science

Chris Brierley looks at the past, present and future of the climate of the planet.

Climate change is a complex issue with far-reaching implications for us all. A broad range of scientific expertise is required to understand it sufficiently to make up one's own mind about the evidence, the threats and opportunities, and the prudent response. With the IPCC's assessment of recent scientific advances due at the end of the summer, this course will explain the cornerstones on which climate science is built.

The course will start from the fundamentals of the energy balance of the planet (a story that can be traced back to Tyndall's experiments at the Royal Institution in the mid-19th Century) and will discuss the where things stand currently before addressing what the future could hold. You will learn how scientists develop computer models to investigate how the climate system works and to explore the implications from both an ecological and human perspective. The climate narrative offers a worrying prospect, but human ingenuity seems unbounded, and the lectures will conclude on a positive note about a positive future.
For more information and to book visit www.rigb.org.


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Date and Time:

29 May 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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Ri Short Courses are for anyone who would like to explore a subject in more depth than a one-off talk, but not as formal as a university course.

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