Wednesday 27 Mar 2013Inspiring Science Lecture: Climate change and the global carbon cycle

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein -

Harrison 004 17:15-19:00

Anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide induce an unprecedented rate of increase of CO2 in the atmosphere, with the present-day concentration being about 40 per cent higher than before the Industrial Revolution. Future climate change depends primarily on socioeconomic choices leading to higher or lower emissions of greenhouse gases, but will also depends on the response of the Earth System to the climate perturbation. In particular, land and ocean biogeochemistry is primarily controlled by the climate system, leading potentially to large positive (or negative) feedbacks. This lecture will explore the known and unknown about the global carbon cycle and its key role at both slowing down and accelerating climate change.

Professor Friedlingstein joined the University of Exeter in 2010. His research interests are in the field of global carbon cycle and global biogeochemical cycles. He has been actively involved in climate assessment through his participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1994.

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