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19 February 201917:00

Green gold and clay tips: Dirt economics in British Columbia and Cornwall

Public lecture designed for a broad audience of people interested in debates about economic geography and regional development. Focusing on the challenges of managing resource intensive economies alongside environmental demands, drawing on examples from British Columbia and Cornwall. Full details
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4 March 201913:00

Re-thinking the boundaries of our discipline

A short introduction into modern tree-ring research, will be followed by timely examples of how different tree-ring archives and parameters help to identify and shift research frontiers and cross disciplinary boundaries; not only within the natural sciences but also the humanities. In addressing different aspects of archaeology, astronomy, biology, ecology, epidemiology, history, mycology and volcanology, this session will discuss the potential and limitations of state-of-the-art dendro sciences that may range in space and time from a cell to the globe and from hourly resolution to the end of the Last Ice Age. With this attitude in mind, the talk aims at stimulating blue-sky thinking to generate exciting scholarship in yet unexplored spheres at the crossroads of methodological and intellectual innovation: Tree rings are a prime example of multidisciplinary liaisons; either as annually resolved and absolutely dated archives or as tools for precise timeseries analyses and signal detection. Full details
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13 March 201913:00

Can measurements from space address critical science priorities for quantifying ocean carbon?

The end of 2018 saw the release of multiple key reports showing the scale and pace of change that is needed if we are to limit global average temperature rise to 1.5C. Collectively ocean and terrestrial uptake of carbon dioxide have helped to reduce the strength of global warming. The ocean, which is the largest long-term net sink of carbon, has so far absorbed ~25% of total anthropogenic carbon dioxide. Accurately quantifying and monitoring this exchange in the vast oceans, which cover >70% of the Earth’s surface, presents a significant challenge. However, this capability is needed if we are to successfully track our progress towards meeting the aims of the Paris climate agreement. Jamie Shutler’s seminar will focus on where and how space observations can, and are, being used to enable quantification and advances in knowledge of atmosphere-ocean carbon dioxide exchange, along with highlighting future opportunities and advances.. Full details
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