Pop-up science stations: Lates

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Event type: Drop-in, evening event, meet the scientist

Location: Throughout the Museum

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Meet a range of NERC-funded scientists and researchers, and discover how to weigh forests from space, why air turbulence is getting worse with climate change and how the future of global biodiversity is in our hands.

Weighing the world's forests from space

Location: Hintze Hall

Forest clearance and forest fires cause enormous emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, while growing forests are important for absorbing atmospheric carbon. 

Understanding the amount of carbon in the world's forests is crucial to predicting climate change. In 2022, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the Biomass mission which will weigh the Earth's forests and find their carbon content from space.

Meet scientist Shaun Quegan and team to discover how cutting-edge satellite technology will provide high resolution maps of our forests to give a clearer picture of how forest changes affect climate.

Aerial map of forests using satellite technology
Aerial map of forests using satellite technology by the ESA.

Science on ice

Location: Fossil Marine Reptiles

When we think of climate change, we instinctively picture melting ice caps. 

But how is our planet's climate really affecting the polar regions, and what does this mean for us?

Join Ella Gilbert, who captured the first footage of the enormous Luxembourg-sized iceberg that broke off Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf, to discover how the atmosphere affects polar ice.

PREDICTS - Big data on biodiversity

Location: Fossil Marine Reptiles

From ecologists in Ecuador to botanists in Bognor Regis, scientists around the world are collecting valuable data on species under pressure from human activity.

The PREDICTS project is the largest survey ever completed on how human land use has affected the diversity of wildlife.

Meet the team and discover how the future of global biodiversity is still in our hands.

Saving Brazil's forests

Location: Fossil Marine Reptiles

Brazil's Atlantic Forest is one of the world's great biodiversity hotspots, home to thousands of species that exist nowhere else. In big cities like São Paulo, the ecosystems are under threat as forests are cleared for farms, houses and roads.

How can we protect native species, maintain heathy ecosystems and look after human welfare?

Join researcher Cristina Banks-Leite whose fascinating research points to a way that both farmers and forests can thrive.

Cristina Banks-Leite with her hand resting on a tree in a leafy green forest
Cristina in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.

Turbulence ahead

Location: Fossil Marine Reptiles

Air turbulence makes flights uncomfortable, increases fuel consumption, and is the leading cause of injuries to air travellers. And with climate change, turbulence is set to soar.

Join scientist Paul Williams to discover how his research on predicting air turbulence is improving passenger comfort and safety, saving fuel, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft.

Paul Williams in the cockpit of an aircraft
Paul Williams takes to the skies to research turbulence.

Plastic coasts

Location: Dino Way

Plastics are a problem facing oceans and waterways around the world. In the UK, fish species in the Thames Estuary and Firth of Clyde are regularly consuming microplastics, affecting animals higher in the food chain.

Meet the scientists exploring the impact of plastic on our coasts.

Reef refugia: out of the shadows

Location: Dino Way

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, but they're being threatened by humans. Reefs in deeper water may be more resilient to these threats, so could they provide a refuge for fragile, shallow-water corals?

Find out how past environmental changes to fossil reef systems can help us predict how they might cope in future.

Coral underwater with fish
Shallow coral reefs are under threat.

Surviving in the deep

Location: Dino Way

The deep ocean may seem remote, but this environment is not entirely safe from human impact. Understanding how animals have adapted to hydrothermal vents provides vital insights into how life in the deep might respond to environmental stresses like climate change and pollution.

Meet the team exploring the evolution of life at deep ocean vents.

Lates: Your Planet Needs You

The pop-up science stations are part of our Lates: Your Planet Needs You event in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

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