Geoscience and its role in Resourcing Future Generations
|Starts:||13:00 10 Oct 2018|
|Ends:||14:00 10 Oct 2018|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Professor John Ludden|
Prof John Ludden, BGS Executive Director, joins us for the second Seminar of the academic year.
What is geoscience for?
? Understanding the dynamic Earth the internal motor of our planet that has built the continents and created a habitat for life;
? Creating a safe and healthy planet minimize the impact of unavoidable natural hazards and build a cleaner, sustainable environment;
? Provision of the foundation of the exploration and responsible use of global natural resources;
? Driving growth to build economic prosperity, support industry and promote innovative technologies
? Reducing global inequalities support science, education and industry in developing nations.
There are new drivers for geoscience research enabled by a technological revolution: underground sensors; visualisation; big computing; data informatics. These will allow us to make major advances in solving key global problems.
? Decarbonising the planet, will require us to work across the science and engineering and socio-economic spheres;
? Global hazard / risk effecting a shift from identification of hazard to modelling and prediction and communication;
? Provision of water, food, health services and energy where most needed.
? Space science, a new role in exploring and inhabit the moon and mars.
? Extreme geoscience (is our science too parochial?),
However, there are some questions that we need to think seriously about:
Are geoscientists too focussed on earth’s history rather than its future?
Should we be solving environmental problems rather than simply identifying them?
Where is the big earth science?
Are there new career paths (non-academic) for students?
Are we good at dealing with tougher environmental regulations and greater public scrutiny?
Coffee and tea will be available after the seminar in the first floor foyer of the Williamson Building.
Professor John Ludden
Role: BGS Executive Director
Organisation: British Geological Survey
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