Geology: The Fingerprints of Sea Level Change in a Warming World

Hydrock William Smith Lecture 2017,   Professor Jerry X. Mitrovica (Harvard University)

Following the success of the William Smith Bicentenary Lecture Series in October 2015, the University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences invites you to attend the inaugural Hydrock William Smith Lecture, a new series of annual public lectures on contemporary earth science topics sponsored by award-winning, Bristol-based engineering consultancy Hydrock.

Sea level changes are a particularly dramatic consequence of global warming and estimates of the average rise in sea level over the past decade are routinely reported in the media. However, such estimates obscure the fact that observed sea level changes vary dramatically around the globe.

This lecture will describe the sources of this variability and focus on the unique patterns – or fingerprints – of sea level change that follow the melting of ice sheets and glaciers. In particular, sea level will actually fall within about 2000 km of a melting ice sheet and rise by increasing amounts at great distance. Thus, counterintuitive as it may seem, Bristolians should be far more concerned about the fate of the distant Antarctic Ice Sheet than the future of their neighbour, the ice sheet that now covers Greenland.

Jerry X. Mitrovica is the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. His work focuses on the Earth’s response to change on timescales from seconds to billions of years. He has written extensively on topics ranging from the influence of mantle convection on the geological record to ice age geodynamics and the signatures of ice sheet melting in our progressively warming world. Professor Mitrovica is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America and a past Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)

The Great Hall Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences
Queens Road, BS8 1RJ Bristol

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Following a career in Logistics and Procurement I am now focussing on volunteering with particular interests in the natural world and environmental issues. I'm currently volunteering with Transition Clevedon, BRERC and Clevedon Pier. With bristol Nats I am the President of the Geology Section and Society Treasurer (From mid- 2016)

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