Cambridge Science Festival: Evening Talks

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Discovery through data: understanding the polar regions

With events from astronomy to zoology, the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival (7 – 20 March) welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science.

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) on the sea ice close to Halley Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf.
Tracking penguin populations needs great data!

The British Antarctic Survey’s scientific research in polar regions has far-ranging impact, contributing to global knowledge of climate change and influencing environmental policy. Polar data underpins the science – the discovery of the ozone hole would not have been possible without data from long-term monitoring programmes.

Join BAS scientists at this Cambridge Science Festival event for an evening of short talks on the data they collect and its importance to their research:

Richard B. Horne,​ Individual Merit Scientist, BAS​
Space Weather and Halley, Antarctica​

Jonathan Shanklin, Emeritus Fellow, BAS​
Discovery of the Ozone Hole ​

Peter T. Fretwell,​ Geographic Information Officer, BAS ​
Penguins from Space: finding, counting and ​monitoring Emperor penguins by satellite​

​Introduced by Peter Kirsch, Senior Data Manager, the Polar Data Centre, BAS​

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Richard B. Horne is an Individual Merit Scientist at BAS and leads SPACESTORM – a project on improving space weather prediction to help protect satellites from radiation damage. In his talk Richard will describe what space weather is, how it can be predicted, and why Halley station in Antarctica is a unique place for space research – our window on space from the ground. Jonathan Shanklin is an Emeritus Fellow at BAS and was an author of the key 1985 paper that announced the discovery of what is now known as the Antarctic ozone hole. Jonathan will talk about how the story has progressed since then – a story that links to the colourful nacreous, or polar stratospheric clouds, recently seen from Cambridge.

Peter T. Fretwell works within the Mapping and GIS team at BAS and is involved in geospatial analysis and applied remote sensing across a range of environmental fields. In his talk, Peter will chart the history of monitoring penguins by satellite, looking at some of the current and future areas where high-resolution satellites could be used to count wildlife.

You may be interested in other events the British Antarctic Survey are involved with at the Cambridge Science Festival –  details can be found here:

Polar Science Family Day

Hackathon Event: Icehack

Polar data in action at the Cavendish Lab Open Day