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Glaciers and climate change - the next University of Reading public lecture

Release Date 15 January 2007

Climate change and its impact on the world's glaciers will be the subject of the next University of Reading public lecture.

In the next thought-provoking lecture – the fourth in the series – Dr Chris Stokes, Lecturer in Physical Geography and the Department of Geography's Head of the Landscape and Climate Research Group, will talk about the implications of glacier retreat – and emphasise that climate change is having, and will continue to have, profound effects on human activity throughout the world.

Dr Stokes' research focuses on the interaction between glaciers and climate. This includes specific projects investigating the impact of recent climate change on glaciers, the reconstruction of past glaciations, and the formation of glacial landforms.

Dr Stokes said: "There's often a lot of confusion in the media about how seriously we should take climate change and what the consequences might be. Fortunately – or rather, unfortunately - the glaciers tell their own objective story.

"They are one of the most obvious visual indicators of climate change and what we are seeing is a worldwide retreat of the smaller mountain glaciers. Whether the larger glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland will follow this trend is hotly-debated.

"In this lecture, I hope to provide an objective overview of the state of knowledge on this subject based on research by staff at the University of Reading and others around the world."

Dr Stokes' lecture is to be held on Tuesday January 23 2007, in the Palmer Building at Whiteknights Campus.

As always the lectures are free and open to everyone. They feature some of the University's top academics talking about a diverse range of fascinating subjects in a manner that is easily understood by all.

Each one lasts for approximately 40 minutes and afterwards time is allowed so the audience may comment and ask questions, giving a real chance for people to get involved and make the most of their evening. The night seldom ends without some lively questions!

Alison Fabian, organiser of the lectures, said: "This is the fourth lecture in the series and because the subject matter is of topical global significance we are expecting it to be very popular. The series as a whole has been very well attended. People want to hear expert opinion, and being able to provide that is a great privilege.

"What makes our lectures so unique and popular is the quality of speaker, their ability to engage the audience and of course some wonderfully varied topics. They offer a unique opportunity to learn about the research, teaching and people that make the University a world-class institute."

The full schedule, from now on, for the University of Reading Public Lecture Series 2007 is:

Tuesday 23 January 2007 - Glaciers and climate change - the view from space

Dr Chris Stokes, Department of Geography

Tuesday 20 February 2007 - Early words - What do they tell us?

Dr Graham Schafer, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Tuesday 6 March 2007 - Living under "totalitarianism" - the Italians and the Mussolini dictatorship

Professor Richard Bosworth, School of Humanities

All of the University Public Lectures start at 8pm and will be held in the Palmer Building on the University's Whiteknights campus. Lectures are free to attend and no ticket is required.

For further information, please visit the public lecture series website or contact Alison Fabian in the University's Communications Office on (tel) 0118 378 7110 or (email)


For media enquiries only, please contact Lucy Ferguson, the University's senior press officer on:

(Tel) 0118 378 7388


Notes to Editors:

The University of Reading is one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK. Founded in the nineteenth century and gaining a Royal Charter in 1926, we offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, social sciences and fine art. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into undergraduate teaching, with our academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise. For further information visit the University of Reading website

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