32nd Annual Plymouth Marine Science Medal Lecture
  • Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation (PlyMSEF) is delighted to announce that this year's Plymouth Marine Science Medal Lecture, hosted by the Marine Institute, will be given by invited guest speaker Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS from the University of East Anglia.

The ocean provides a huge service to humanity by absorbing around a quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere each year, thus slowing down the rate of climate change. Ultimately, over 70% of the CO2 emitted from our activities will end up in the ocean, but this will take thousands of years. Meanwhile, the rate at which the ocean absorbs CO2 depends on ocean circulation, temperature, acidification, as well as on biological activity, all of which could be changing in response to elevated CO2 and a warming climate. 

This presentation will look in detail at what we know about the ocean’s CO2 'sink'. It will show the current state of understanding and explore the anticipated changes this century under extreme but plausible scenarios for our future.

This free lecture is open to all and doors will open from 17:30 for 18:00 start. Registration is essential - please register your place via the above link.

Speaker biography

Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS is Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. Her work contributed to understanding how climate change and variability affects the carbon sinks, particularly in the Southern Ocean.She instigated and leads the annual update of the global carbon budget as part of the Global Carbon Project, an international effort to coordinate the timely delivery of policy-relevant carbon research and assist the international policy process to address climate change. 

Professor Le Quéré was author of multiple assessments reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She is a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change that provides independent advice to government on building a low-carbon economy and preparing for climate change. She was elected Fellow of the UK Royal Society in 2016. Professor Le Quéré is originally from Canada. She completed a BSc in physics from University of Montréal, an MS in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University, and a PhD in oceanography at University Pierre et Marie Curie (1999). She conducted research at Princeton University, at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany and at the British Antarctic Survey.

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