This event will showcase talks from The University of Manchester's Dr Stephanie Sodero and Aristeidis Voliotis.
14:00: Welcome and introduction with the event chair
14:05: Dr Stephanie Sodero, Lecturer in Climate Change and Health at The University of Manchester: Under the Weather - Reimagining Mobility in the Climate Crisis
14:20: Q&A with Dr Stephanie Sodero
14:30: Aristeidis Voliotis, Research Scientist, National Centre for Atmospheric Science at The University of Manchester: Understanding air pollution through aerial, ground-based and laboratory observations
14:45: Q & A with Aristeidis Voliotis
15:00: Event Close
Dr Stephanie Sodero | Humans and human mobility, including driving and flying, are entangled with the climate emergency. Fossil-fuelled mobility worsens severe weather, and in turn, severe weather disrupts human mobility. A shift to zero-emission vehicles is critical but insufficient to repair the damage or prepare communities for the coming disruptions severe weather will bring. In Under the Weather Stephanie Sodero explores the intersection between human mobility and severe weather. Anchored in two Atlantic Canadian hurricane case studies, Hurricane Juan in Mi'kma'ki/Nova Scotia in 2003 and Hurricane Igor in Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland in 2010, the book contributes to contemporary cultural and policy discussions by offering five practical recommendations - revolutionize mobility, prioritize vital mobility of medical goods and services, embrace ecological mobilities, rebrand redundancy, and think flexibly - for how mobility can be reimagined to work with, rather than against, the climate in ways that also benefit the health, education, and economy of local communities. This ecological approach to mobilities sheds light on extreme mobility dependency and the impact of mobility disruptions on the ground in Canadian communities. Focusing on the entangled relationship between human mobility and the climate, Under the Weather examines how communities can transform their relationship with mobility to enable greater resilience.
Aristeidis Voliotis | Air pollution is one of the leading causes of preventable mortality and can substantially affect global and regional climate. Motor vehicles, industrial facilities, forest fires, cooking and usage of chemical products are characteristic sources of indoor and outdoor air pollution. Despite some success in mitigating air pollution in certain countries, almost all of the global population breathe air that exceeds the World Health Organisation guidelines. Our current understanding of air pollution arises from the evaluation of anthropogenic and natural emissions derived from measurements of atmospheric composition across space and time. The diversity of emission sources and the chemical transformation of the pollutants in the atmosphere result in a highly dynamic and complex chemical mixture, which is extremely challenging to represent in predictive models. Simplified parametrisations of this detailed chemistry are developed from controlled laboratory experiments that are bridging the gap between field measurements and models that provide a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere.
In this seminar, I will present findings from aerial, field and laboratory observations that contribute to our current understanding of air pollution.