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“The Meltdown”

ECRC meeting on climate change with the Royal Meteorology Society

“The Meltdown”

On 18th Oct, the UCL Geography Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC) hosted an afternoon of lectures about the abrupt climate changes associated with the loss of the last ice sheet and their impact on human society.

The event was part of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMS) series of national meetings, attracting diverse speakers from across the country.

It was introduced by Professor Dame Jane Francis, the Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and included three lectures on climate changes over the past 20,000 years.

There were then presentations on the Palaeolithic recolonisation of Europe after the ice retreated, and its prehistoric impact on the global carbon cycle, followed by a discussion of how such research insights inform discussions about future climate policy.

This was the first time that the ECRC has co-organised a meeting with the Royal Meteorological Society. It filled the UCL Pearson Lecture Theatre and introduced a new audience to the Royal Meteorological Society, with its disciplinary purview for climate science.

The full programme for the meeting can be seen here.

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Janet Francis introducing the meeting

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