- This event has passed.
OU Lecture: The Polar Oceans & Global Climate
July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Mark Brandon, Professor in Polar Oceanography, will deliver his inaugural lecture on the polar oceans and global climate and look ahead to what could happen during the next 50 years.
Over the last 50 years both the physical environment and our perception of the polar regions has changed. Then, we were still exploring their basic geography, but now we understand the future impacts of our carbon emissions on the great polar ice sheets. Polar bears and penguins were only seen in zoos and now amazing television documentaries show hundreds of millions of people these animals in their natural habitat. With the revolution in global knowledge from satellites and broadcast, at one level the polar regions are now well known. But they remain remote.
We now understand that the ice-covered polar oceans are critical for the climate of our planet. In this lecture Professor Brandon will describe the polar seas, how they work, and their global importance. He will show how research has fed into polar broadcast and how using the series co-produced by the BBC and The Open University, we can teach science to millions. Components of our television broadcast with real time polar data, can even be utilised by distance learning students to learn basic science and get the best possible understanding of what is happening there right now.