Professor Ian Hall, Deputy Head at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, co-ordinates the Climate Change Network, which met on 6th July in the VJ Gallery, Main Building, Cardiff University. Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh (newly appointed member of the Welsh Government Climate Change Commission) also attended. Ian is also the C3W Institutional Director for Cardiff University and is instrumental in developing C3W’s collaborative research science strategy across Wales.
The Climate Change Network was set up in 2010, primarily to bring together researchers working in the field of climate change in Cardiff University where many of the current researchers are sponsored by the President’s Scholarship Fund, their research interests range from analysis of ice sheet stability to reviews of microbial biodiversity and public perceptions of climate change.
The Network’s purpose is to review and exchange experiences of research and to raise awareness of the multi-disciplinary nature of climate change causes and consequences. Today’s PhD students are leading scientists, industrialists and policy makers of the future.
Current research projects range from the causes and consequences of rapid climate change since the last ice age; to the reasons for the long-term global cooling since the age of the dinosaurs. Major research themes include Cenozoic global climate change, thermohaline circulation, Antarctic sea ice and marine environments, and marine microfossils.
The Climate Change Commission for Wales and Higher Education Wales hosted an event ‘Climate Change and Sustainability: Bringing university technology and business together’ which took place on Thursday July 7th at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff. Members of the Cardiff Network and C3W attended and displayed posters about their research. Cardiff University was well represented at the showcase, with a presence on more than half the exhibitor stands. Other stands included the Low Carbon Research Institute and Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) where Dr John Clifton-Brown displayed outputs from their sustainable energy crops research programmes that link with BEACON – a new pan-Wales biorefining centre of excellence that also involves Swansea and Bangor Universities.
Professor Ian Hall leads thePalaeoclimate Research Group that studies patterns and processes of global change in Earth’s history. The objective is to better understand the response of the ocean-climate system to various types of forcing, such as changing greenhouse gas concentrations or ocean circulation patterns.
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