Past CO2 release events: how we study their causes and consequences

Aston Webb Lecture Theatre WG5 - Edgbaston Campus
Monday 19 February 2024 (17:30-19:00)

Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth Museum of Geology



Part of the Lapworth Lecture series

Speaker: Pam Vervoort, University of Birmingham

Monday 19th February at 5:30pm

Past CO2 release events: how we study their causes and consequences

Anthropogenic carbon emissions are changing our planet at a rapid pace. While climate models bring to light the short-term climatic consequences in terms of surface temperature and rainfall patterns, the impact of CO2 emissions on the Earth system as a whole is more uncertain but equally important. Many Earth system processes are affected by climate change and release (or sequester) additional COwhich amplifies (or weakens) the climatic impact. To better understand the behaviour of these complex processes under global warming, we turn to palaeoclimate records of past carbon release events that also preserve hints to their environmental consequences. In this lecture, I highlight several methods that we use to study past carbon release events, how we estimate the mass of carbon that was released, their impact on the environment, and methods we use to identify the driving force and source of carbon emissions.

Pam studied Earth Science with a focus on paleoclimatology at Utrecht University before moving to the University of California, Riverside, for her PhD in the department of Earth and Planetary Science. Here, she developed an interest in using Earth System Models to simulate the behaviour of biogeochemical cycles. In 2022, Pam joined Dr. Sarah Greene's research group at the University of Birmingham as research fellow to investigate climate-carbon dynamics during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum.

All are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.

The Lecture will be held in Aston Webb A Block, Lecture Theatre WG5. 

The Lecture will be available to watch remotely via Zoom. Please register here.

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