This lecture will outline the history of atmospheric temperatures in both the recent and distant past. Professor Huppert will explain the definite connection between the carbon dioxide and methane content of the atmosphere with the average global surface temperature. He will present a range of predictions of the Earth’s future climate, as well as practical ways of restoring atmospheric balance, including storage and chemical reaction. He will describe in detail some of the science behind these processes, as well as the range of reactions of politicians to these ideas.
Herbert Huppert was born and received his early education in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney before completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. Herbert was awarded a one-year ICI Postdoctoral Fellowship based at the University of Cambridge in 1968; he has remained there ever since. Herbert has published widely using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to meteorology, oceanography and geology. Herbert was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society, and the Academia Europaea.