Planet Earth Distinguished Lecture – back to in-person science outreach!

On 4-5 April 2022 the School of GeoSciences hosted the Planet Earth Distinguished Lecture “Sea change in the climate system: the challenge to understand and predict global ocean circulation” by Prof Penny Holliday from the National Oceanography Centre that was originally scheduled for March 2020. 

The full programme of the visit included lunch in the Cockburn Museum with early career researchers, scientific talk at the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) and public Lecture at the Dynamic Earth followed by a Q&A session moderated by Prof Murray Roberts and poster reception. 

Both lectures aimed to explore the impact of ocean currents on climate with specific focus on the variability of the North Atlantic Current and the role of the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP) in observing and advancing the modelling of it. 

The Dynamic Earth event proved a big success with many joining to listen to Prof Holliday. In addition to the lecture, participants also had the privilege to view a shortened version of Under Pressure, the new Dynamic Earth Planetarium show. It was a fully ocean-themed evening! 

The Changing Oceans Group had a chance to exhibit some of our interactive stands for the reception, including videos and posters about the IAtlantic research project. We thoroughly enjoyed the lecture as well as in-person networking after the lecture and look forward to welcoming Penny back to the University of Edinburgh.  

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