Planet Under Pressure – 27 March 2012

Planet Under Pressure

NOC Liverpool is organising a session at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London called Past and Present Sea Level Rise and Ice Sheets.

The session will take the form of poster presentations by scientists together with a 90-minute panel discussion. The session takes place on the second day of the conference, on Tuesday 27 March at 2pm.

David Shukman, the BBC Science Editor, has agreed to chair the discussion. He will invite questions from the floor, but he may have some of his own, which the panel will attempt to answer together with contributions from the audience. (David Shukman is an excellent person to chair this event having reported from Greenland and other remote regions on sea level science and glaciology).

The invited panel includes Anders Carlson, a glaciologist at the University of Wisconsin; the eminent oceanographer, Carl Wunsch, a professor at MIT and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society; Antony Long, formerly Head of Department in Geography at Durham University and an expert in coastal processes, and Richard Tol, Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Professor Tol will deal with questions of costs, mitigation and insurability.

The session is being co-convened by NOC’s Philip Woodworth, one of the world’s leading sea level scientists, with colleagues Simon Holgate and Svetlana Jevrejeva, who are all based at the Centre’s Liverpool site, home of the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level.