Earth's Climate: Past, present and future

London Programme

Programme for 13 March 2008, Royal Society
Biographical information on speakers and panelists 
 0930    Welcome address
            Lord Rees, President, The Royal Society
 0935    Introduction to the Leverhulme Symposium                
            Professor Harry Elderfield, University of Cambridge
 0945    Session 1: New Insights on Climate Change   
            Chair: Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey

            Abrupt climate change and our future
            Professor Lonnie Thompson, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University, USA                     (given by his colleague Mary Davis)

            Modelling the role of human forcings and natural feedbacks in Earth's changing climate
            Professor Peter Cox, University of Exeter, UK
            Lessons from the past concerning our climatic future
            Professor Jess Adkins, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

1045     Coffee
            Science Highlights/Press Briefing

1115     Session 2: Six Themes in Climate Change
            Chair: Professor Harry Elderfield, University of Cambridge

            Ice sheets
            Professor Julian Dowdeswell, University of Cambridge

            Atmospheric composition and circulation
            Dr Gavin Schmidt, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, New York, USA    
            Ocean circulation
            Professor Jochem Marotzke, Max Planck Institute, Germany

            Carbon cycle
            Professor Corinne LeQuéré, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  Solar variability
            Professor Edouard Bard, Collège de France, Aix-en-Provence, France
            Rapid climate change                
            Professor Gerard Roe, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
1245     Lunch, Displays & Exhibits
1415    Science and Policy panels
            Chair: Professor Mike Bickle, University of Cambridge
1415     Session 3: Lessons from the Past to Inform the Future
            Chair: Roger Harrabin, BBC
            Professor Inez Fung, University of California, Berkeley, USA
            Sir Brian Hoskins, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, UK
            Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Laboratory of Sciences of the Climate & Environment, France
            Professor John Mitchell, Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK
1515    Tea

1545     Session 4: Planning for the Future
Chair: Sir David King, Former Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, UK;
                Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK   
            Professor David Cope, Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology  
            Sir Brian Hoskins, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, UK
            Professor Ian Leslie, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge
            Dr. Jerry McManus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Instution, USA
            Professor Bob Watson, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK; Chief Scientific Adviser to                        DEFRA
1645     Closing remarks
            Sir Richard Brook, Director, Leverhulme Trust