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Climate science research in Cambridge

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Cambridge is an active centre of climate research. In this afternoon session, come learn about three large climate projects and explore possible opportunities for collaboration/connection with this cutting-edge work.


2.00pm Andy Smith, British Antarctic Survey, iSTAR: An introduction to NERC ’s ice sheet stability research programme

2.30pm Dan Jones, British Antarctic Survey, ORCHESTRA : Ocean Regulation of Climate through Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports

3.00pm John Pyle, Department of Chemistry, ACSIS : The North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study

3.30pm Tea/coffee/biscuits

About the projects

iSTAR aims to improve our understanding of what’s happening to the area of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet where the greatest rates of ice loss over the last decades have been observed. New knowledge about the stability of this ice sheet is critical for making better predictions about how the ocean and ice will respond to environmental change, and what impact this may have on future sea level.

ORCHESTRA aims to advance our understanding of, and capability to predict, the Southern Ocean’s impact on climate change via its uptake and storage of heat and carbon. ORCHESTRA will address these issues using the UK’s capability and infrastructure in ocean and high-latitude research, including major ship expeditions, autonomous vehicle deployments and research aircraft campaigns, with the data collected used to improve model schemes and validate model outputs, and with the improved capability fed through to UK climate model development.

The North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study (ACSIS) aims to to enhance the UK’s capability to detect, attribute and predict changes in the North Atlantic Climate System, comprising: the North Atlantic Ocean, the atmosphere above it including its composition, and interactions with Arctic Sea Ice and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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