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We’re delighted to welcome Professor Ben Brock to the Café for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

Ben says – we frequently hear stories in the media about the dramatic changes occurring to snow and ice cover on Earth due to the warming climate: from vanishing Arctic Sea ice, to shrinking mountain glaciers and collapsing ice shelves; the picture is certainly very concerning. This talk will give an overview of what the latest scientific evidence tells us about how much, and how quickly, Earth’s snow and ice is disappearing, and look at what computer models predict for the future of ice on Earth, to the end of the 21st century and beyond. There are increasing indications that we are approaching environmental tipping points, after which the retreat of the great polar ice sheets would become irreversible, with disastrous consequences for human societies. What are the current and likely future impacts of disappearing ice in the UK and other parts of the world, and how could we adapt to these changes?

About our speaker – Professor Ben Brock is Professor of Physical Geography at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1996 and joined Northumbria University in 2011, where he was Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences between 2017-2022. He has over 30 years of research experience on glaciers and climate in mountain regions in Europe, Central Asia, South America, and New Zealand and has developed widely used computer models to calculate the surface melt rates of glaciers and snow covers. Northumbria has the largest group of scientists studying the Earth’s snow and ice of any university in the UK and hosts the Directorate for the UK’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.