How cool are trees? The impact of forests on the climate - from local to global scales.

Date: Wednesday 10 January 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:00


University of Reading
Sutcliffe Lecture Theatre
Department of Meteorology
Earley Gate, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 7BE


SPEAKER | Dr Cat Scott, University of Leeds

ABSTRACT | Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land area. They store huge quantities of carbon, influence rainfall and alter the colour (and therefore reflectivity) of the land. In addition to taking carbon dioxide out of the air and producing oxygen, trees emit other gases into the air that can affect the climate in complex ways. This talk will explore the latest research on the ways that forests affect the climate. At the smaller scale, we’ll also consider how much the tree in your back garden could be doing to improve local air quality.

BIOGRAPHY | Dr Cat Scott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds where she studies the way that natural parts of the Earth system interact with human activities. Cat studied Chemistry at the University of Manchester before moving to the University of Leeds to undertake a PhD in Atmospheric Science.

This meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.

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