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School of Geography

2011 International Distinguished Visitor Lecture

3 May 2011

Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Venue: Drapers‘ Lecture Theatre, Geography Building


Worldwide Glacier Changes

Professor Johannes Oerlemans, Utrecht University

Chair: Professor Jaap J M van der Meer

Johannes Oerlemans, Professor of Meteorology at Utrecht University, Academy Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recipient of the Louis Agassiz Medal 2008 is recognised as the foremost expert on the role of ice sheets in global climate and sea-level change. He was lead author on the first three IPCC Assessment Reports (1990, 1996 and 2001) and a major contributor to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment 2005.

Glaciers and small ice caps shrink all over the world – a feature frequently quoted as a clear sign of global warming. But is there a simple relation between temperature and the size of glaciers? Measurements on and near glaciers have revealed the processes that determine the response of glaciers to climate change. In this lecture, Professor Oerlemans will use basic glacier dynamics to explain how glaciers work, how they can be used to interpret glacier fluctuations, and show what glaciers may look like in the future.

To make a booking for this free event email:

Amy Swann
School of Geography
Queen Mary, University of London,
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8129

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