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Climate Change and Science of the Future to be Discussed at London Meeting

Jan 07 2014

More than 300 scientists are meeting at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London to discuss how climates and environments have changed over the last 2.6 million years, as well as how they might change in the future.

Speakers at the Quaternary Research Association annual discussion meeting (7 January - 9 January) will review current research and also look forward to future scientific developments.

The meeting will focus on the Quaternary period, which began 2.6 million years ago and is ongoing. The Quaternary period is also known as the ‘Ice Age' - defined as a relatively cooler period in the Earth's history - that we are now living through.

This year's meetingmarks the 50th anniversary of the QRA and is themed ‘Revolutions in Quaternary science'.

Reviewing scientific progress so far, delegates will discuss: Causes of climate change, Measuring and modelling climates, Sea level change, , Human origins and genetics, Human impacts on environments and climates and Past ecosytems. 

Professor Dan Charman, who will chair the meeting, says: "The UK is at the forefront of this area of science. We have come a long way over the past 50 years and can contribute much to environmental challenges in the future."

Dr Catherine Souch, RGS-IBG Head of Research and Higher Education, says: "We are delighted to be hosting this events and celebrating the achievements of Quaternary science and this area of geography."


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