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? In this lecture Johannes Oerlemans from Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU), Utrecht University, The Netherlands, will explain how glaciers work. Measurements on and nearby glaciers have revealed the processes that determine the response of glaciers to climate change. With a basic knowledge of glacier dynamics we will then look at glacier fluctuations worldwide, and try to find out what the future of glaciers may look like.

Prof.Johannes Oerlemans studied physics and meteorology at Utrecht University, where he built up a research group dealing with the interaction between glaciers, climate and sea level. In 2001 he received the Spinoza-award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and in 2008 the Louis Agassiz Medal (European Geosciences Union). He holds an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University.

Datum: 9 oktober 2013
Tid: 18.00–19.00
Plats: Beijersalen, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien
Adress: Lilla Frescativägen 4A
Kostnad: Föreläsningen som hålls på engelska är kostnadsfri och öppen för allmänheten.