Actions and Detail Panel
Planetary Vital Signs, Planetary Decisions, Planetary Intelligence.
Fri 26 February 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 GMT
Doesn’t the world need to look beyond global temperature to a set of planetary vital signs? When all indicators of change are fragile, we should not rely on one, lest we risk over-focusing policy on it.
Professor Charles Kennel will explore the possibility of using tools at hand - such as observations from space and ground networks; demographic, economic and societal measures; big data statistical techniques; and numerical models - to engage with politicians, managers, and the public on the evolving risks of climate change at global, regional, and local scales. Professor Kennel will be joined by Professor Stephen Briggs who will talk about planetary vital signs.
About the speakers:
Charles F. Kennel is Distinguished Professor, Vice-Chancellor, and Director emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California. He was educated in astronomy and astrophysics at Harvard and Princeton. He served as UCLA's Executive Vice Chancellor, its chief academic officer, from 1996 to 1998. From 1994 to 1996, Kennel was Associate Administrator at NASA and Director of Mission to Planet Earth, a global Earth science satellite program. Kennel's experiences at NASA influenced him to go into Earth and climate science, and he became the ninth Director and Dean of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, serving from 1998 to 2006.
Stephen Briggs is currently the senior advisor to the ESA (European Space Agency) and the chair of the UN Global Climate Observing System. He headed the Department of “Earth Observation” (EO) Science, Applications & Future Technologies of ESA at ESRIN (European Space Research Institute). Before joining ESA in 2000, Stephen worked as Director of Earth Observation British National Space Centre & Head of Earth Observation NERC, UK (1994-1999), Head of Remote Sensing Applications Development Unit, NERC/BNSC (1986-1994), Senior Scientist at NERC Thematic Information Systems (1983-1986), and Lecturer at the Dept of Physics, Queen Mary College London (1982-1983).
This event is free of charge and open to all, but please register via Eventbrite. There will be a drinks reception after the lecture in the adjacent common room.
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