Tyndall Manchester seminar- Professor David Schultz- Atmosfear: Communicating the effects of climate change on extreme weather
|Dates:||30 January 2020|
|Times:||12:30 - 13:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Professor David Schultz|
The potential and serious effects of anthropogenic climate change are often communicated through the soundbite that anthropogenic climate change will produce more extreme weather. This soundbite has become popular with scientists and the media to get the public and governments to act against further increases in global temperature and their associated effects through the communication of scary scenarios, what we term "atmosfear". Atmosfear oversimplifies and misstates the true state of the science and policy concerns. Thus, invoking atmosfear is not an effective means of either stimulating or legitimizing climate policies.
Professor David Schultz
Role: Professor of Synoptic Meteorology
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Biography: David Schultz is Professor of Synoptic Meteorology at the University of Manchester. He has studied atmospheric phenomena as small as tornadoes and as large as the planetary circulation during the Jurassic. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Senior Fellow of the HEA, and author of Eloquent Science.
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