Royal Meteorological Society talk: Extreme Global Warming: Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

Speaker: Dr Tracy Aze, Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

56 million years ago the Earth was subject to an extreme climate event known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which has been attributed to a rapid increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Global temperatures rose between 5-8 °C resulting in major changes to the distribution of flora and fauna both on land and in the oceans, coincident with impacts on the hydrological cycle and ocean circulation.

This talk will explore how the geological record can shed light on high CO2 worlds and what can be learned from Earth history as we look to a future with elevated levels of greenhouse gases.

About the Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Centre.

The Yorkshire Centre is one of several local centres around the UK that organise regular meetings for those interested in all aspects of meteorology. Speakers present talks on a variety of topics and the meetings provide an opportunity to meet other members socially. 

Unless stated otherwise, all meetings are held in the Level 8 Seminar Room, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. The talks are free and open to members and non-members alike. 

The Yorkshire Local Centre Committee 2018-2019

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Secretary - John Goulding
Treasurer - Lindsay Bennett
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