Turbulence Ahead! How climate change affects air travel

Date: Tuesday 6 June 2017

Time: 19:00 - 20:00


School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT



SPEAKER | Dr Paul Williams FRMetS, University of Reading.

ABSTRACT |The climate is changing, not just where we live at ground level, but also where we fly at 35,000 feet. Everybody knows that air travel contributes to climate change through its emissions. However, scientists have only recently become aware that climate change could have significant consequences for air travel. Rising sea levels and storm surges threaten coastal airports. Warmer air at ground level reduces the lift force and makes it more difficult for planes to take-off. More extreme weather may cause flight disruptions and delays. Clear-air turbulence is expected to become up to 40% stronger and twice as common. Transatlantic flights may take significantly longer because of changes to the jet stream, adding millions of dollars to airline fuel costs. Come along to find out how climate change could affect your future flights.

DIRECTIONS | All meetings are held in the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. See here for directions to the venue.  Tea and coffee is provided in the foyer from 6pm, talks start at 7pm and last about an hour.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED | As part of the registration process you will be asked to provide personal information (name and contact email address).  Any information you provide to us will only be used by The Royal Meteorological Society and appointed representatives.

This meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.  Non members are welcome to attend this meeting.  Registration is required.