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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Caves and Climate Variability: the potential effects of future climate change in Ethiopia

1st December 2009, 20:00 to 21:00, The Senate Lounge, Durham Castle, Professor Andy Baker (University of Birmingham)

Ten years ago Andy Baker was first given the opportunity to work in Ethiopia. With a history of periodic drought and famine, he decided to investigate whether cave stalagmites could provide long records of rainfall variability in the country.

In this lecture he will reveal what he has learnt so far about climate variability in the region. To get to that point, the complex routes by which rain water reaches a stalagmite will be discussed, and biogeochemical markers which are transported by the water and provide evidence of environmental and climate change will be interpreted. His research group’s latest results will be presented and discussed in the context of understanding rainfall variability and the potential effects of future climate change in the region.

Andy Baker is a Professor of Water Science at the University of Birmingham and is a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and University College between October and December 2009.

His research interests include climatology and paleoclimatology, water quality, and organic matter characterisation in natural and engineered systems. He has also been an international leader in the use of cave stalagmites to reconstruct past climates.

IAS PUBLIC LECTURES ARE FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO ALL. PLACES ARE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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