32nd Annual Plymouth Marine Science Medal Lecture

Thursday 8th November at 18:00 (arrivals from 17:30)

Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square, Plymouth University

THE OCEAN CARBON CYCLE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

The Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation (PlyMSEF) is delighted to announce that this year's Plymouth Marine Science Medal Lecture*, hosted by the Marine Institute, will be given by invited guest speaker, Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS from the University of East Anglia

Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS is Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia.

She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. Her work has contributed to understanding how climate change and variability affects the carbon sinks, particularly in the Southern Ocean.

She instigated and still leads the annual update of the global carbon budget as part of the Global Carbon Project, an international effort to coordinate the timely delivery of policy-relevant carbon research and assist the international policy process to address climate change.

Prof Le Quéré is author of multiple assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel prize in 2007. She is a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change that provides independent advice to government on building a low-carbon economy and preparing for climate change. She was elected Fellow of the UK Royal Society in 2016.

Prof Le Quéré is originally from Canada. She completed a BSc in physics from University of Montreal, a MSc in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University, and a PhD in oceanography at University Pierre et Marie Curie. She conducted research at Princeton University, at the Max-PLanck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany and at the British Antarctic Survey.

Abstract

The ocean provides a huge service to humanity by absorbing around a quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere each year, thus slowing down the rate of climate change, Ultimately, over 70% of the CO2 emitted from our activities will end up in the ocean, but this will take thousands of years. Meanwhile, the rate at which the ocean absorbs CO2 depends on ocean circulation, temperature, acidification, as well as on biological activity, all of which could be changing in response to elevated CO2 and a warming climate. This presentation will look in detail at what we know about the ocean's CO2 'sink'. It will show the current state of understanding and explore the anticipated changes this century could face under extreme but plausible scenarios for our future. 

*This is a free lecture registration is essential

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Nov 6, 2018 By nicric