Climate Change: a defining challenge for the 21st Century – with Dame Julia Slingo

Friday 11th October 2019 2:30PM – 2:30PM
Location/Venue: Manor Pavilion Theatre Manor Road Sidmouth EX10 8RP

Julia will consider the evidence for human influences on our climate, and describe how we use computer simulations of weather and climate to tell us about the future.

The potential impacts of future climate change will be discussed, along with the implications for how we produce and use energy, as well as managing Earth’s limited resources.  

Dame Julia Slingo served as Chief Scientist of the UK Met Office from 2009 to 2016 when she retired. At the Met Office, she led a team of more than 500 scientists working on a broad portfolio of research that underpins weather forecasting, climate predictions and climate change projections. Through her career, she has worked at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Reading University. Amongst other awards, Dame Julia was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015 and Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2016. Dame Julia has brought innovative approaches to understanding and modeling weather and climate. She has developed and used complex weather and climate models to deliver new insights into how the atmosphere and climate system works, as well as significant advances in predictive skill and climate services. Her special interests are tropical weather and climate variability.

In her retirement, she has taken on a number of advisory roles, including Special Advisor on Science to the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation, and is now a member of the new NERC Council under UKRI. She also holds an honorary professorship at the Cabot Institute of the University of Bristol, where she chairs the Advisory Board.

Cost: £2 for members of the Devonshire Association and £3 for non-members, cash at the door.

The event has been organised by the Devonshire Association.