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What does climate has to do with the colour of mud? How do we use technology such as machine learning to understand the nature’s inter-connections? How can we spot pollution from space? Join us at Simmons’ bar to unlock some of nature’s mysteries!
Can the colour of mud forecast the future?
Dr Daniel Schillereff (Lecturer in Physical Geography)
Reconstructing how our planet’s climate and landscapes have evolved over hundreds to millions of years is an enormous field of research that attracts surprisingly limited attention in the popular media. In this talk, Dr Daniel Schillereff will outline the remarkable stories of past climate variability that scientists can infer from the colours of mud deposited around the world and explain how these data are used to better constrain future climate projections.
Finding patterns amid the chaos: machine learning and environmental systems
Dr Thomas Dowling (Research Associate)
Natural systems have many moving parts whose relative control and impact on one another are often difficult to quantify. Across a range of scales the advent of big-data coupled with the well established technique of neural nets is giving new insights into how exactly the inter-connections of the natural world create the Earth (and other planets) as we know it.
Big brother in space: a crop residue burning battle
Dr Tianran Zhang (Research Associate)
Until recently, crop residues were still one of the largest industrial waste product. In developing countries like China and India, field-based burning of these residues is still the most common, and economic way to deal with it. Burning releases smoke containing many different polluted gases and particles, which may contribute very significantly to regional air pollution episodes. The people from megacities start to complain, and the government tried to ban it. So how would those farmers react? Here is what we can observe from the space.