Environmental Physics Day - Oceans

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 13.30-17.00
Organised by the IOP Environmental Physics Group

The Environmental Physics Group holds its main annual event based on a different theme each year.  In 2019 we have chosen “Oceans” as the theme and our afternoon event on 23 October will explore how oceans drive the climate and how their status both determines and is determined by the climate.  We will have four talks from eminent speakers who are all experts in various aspects of the relationship between oceans and the climate:

Introduction to the session by: Natalie Harvey, University of Reading, UK and Alexandra Williams, Open University, UK

The Ocean: brake, accelerator and warning lights of the climate system
Dr Richard Wood, UK Met Office, UK 

The role of the ocean in climate variability
Dr Jon Robson, University of Reading, UK 

What else does the ocean do for us? From carbon storage to food production
Dr Paul Halloran, University of Exeter, UK 

Investigating the role of the ocean in past climate events: The Day After Tomorrow, Yester-day
Dr David Thornalley, University College London, UK

The afternoon event is aimed at providing detailed insights into climate science as applied to oceans and is organised by Dr Hugh Deighton, the chair of the Environmental Physics Group, who spent many years implementing meteorological data processing systems for Europe’s Meteosat satellite programme, the outputs from which inform much of the recent climate analysis across the world’s meteorology community.

The EPG afternoon session should complement the morning interactive session on climate change, which is being held by the Physics Communicators Group.

About the IOP Environmental Physics Group

The fundamental aim of the group is to promote physics within the context of the environmental sciences. In achieving this aim, the group provides a forum for the discussion of physics as it applies to the environment and encourages the development and application of physical methods to environmental research. The Group also encourages the education and training of physicists in the environmental sciences through meetings and contacts with educationalists at all levels. To promote education, the Group has a very active Education sub-committee which is involved in the development of curricula in environmental physics for schools. Because of the broad nature of environmental physics, the Group is involved in co-operative meetings with other professional organisations with interests in the environment.

Key dates

Registration deadline:

11 October 2019