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Research seminars

Research seminars

Jump to: Main Departmental seminars | Cultural and Historical Geography | Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure | Conservation | Environmental Systems and Processes | Political ecology | Polar physical science | Circumpolar History and Public Policy (CHiPP) | Gender | Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG) | Cambridge Volcanology | Cambridge Cultural and Historical Geography | Graduate Workshops in Economic and Social History | Other talks | Reading groups

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Main Departmental seminar series

Main Departmental seminar series at the Department of Geography.

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Seminars in Cultural and Historical Geography

All seminars begin at 1pm and take place in the Hardy Building, Room 101 (unless otherwise stated), Department of Geography. All welcome!

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The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series

Research seminar series run by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
The support of the Trevelyan Fund (Faculty of History) is gratefully acknowledged.

Sandwiches and fruit will be available from 12.45pm.

Convenors: Leigh Shaw-Taylor (lmws2@cam.ac.uk), Romola Davenport (rjd23@cam.ac.uk) and Alice Reid (alice.reid@geog.cam.ac.uk).

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Cambridge Conservation Seminars

The series is intended to provide a research and social focus for university lecturers, research staff and postgraduate students interested in conservation research. The primary aim is to inform university colleagues of what research is going on in different departments and to bring in high quality outside speakers. Equally, members of conservation organisations are welcome to attend. A key element is the opportunity after each talk to socialise with colleagues from different departments and organisations.

Generously funded by the CCI Strategic Initiative Fund
http://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/

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Climate and Environmental Dynamics - Department of Geography

Seminars within the Climate and Environmental Dynamics research group of the Department of Geography.

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Polar Physical Sciences

Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)

A series of 50 minute lectures, followed by discussion, on the broad topic of environmental evolution, climate, ecological and human change during the Quaternary (the last ~2.6 million years). The lectures are aimed at a broad audience (including geoscientists, glaciologists, environmental scientists, atmospheric chemists, biologists, anthropologists and archaeologists).

Seminars are usually held on Thursdays starting at 17:30 in Clare College in the Thirkill Room (far left corner of first court) or the Latimer Room (on the left in the first court).

Wine is usually served after the talks and there is time for discussion over drinks and/or dinner after the seminar, which should last approximately 1 hour. The meetings are currently organised by Rachael Rhodes (rhr34@cam.ac.uk; Godwin Laboratory for Palaeoclimate Research, Department of Earth Sciences), and Della Murton (dkf20@cam.ac.uk; Department of Geography). Please feel free to contact the organisers with queries and suggestions.

A map showing the position of Clare College is available at http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/Maps-and-Directions/

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# Thursday 4th May 2017, 5.30pm - Chris Stokes, Durham University
How ice sheets collapse: a lesson from the Laurentide Ice Sheet
Venue: Cripps Auditorium, Cripps Court, Magdalene College

The contribution of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets to sea level has increased in recent decades, largely due to the thinning and retreat of rapidly-flowing outlet glaciers and ice streams. This ‘dynamic’ loss is a serious concern, with some modelling studies suggesting that the collapse of a major ice sheet could be imminent or potentially underway in West Antarctica, but others predicting a more limited response. A major problem is that observations used to initialize and calibrate models typically span only a few decades and, at the ice-sheet scale, it is unclear how the entire drainage network of ice streams evolves over longer timescales. This represents one of the largest sources of uncertainty when predicting the contributions of ice sheets to sea-level rise. A key question is whether ice streams might increase and sustain rates of mass loss over centuries or millennia, beyond those expected for a given ocean–climate forcing. In this paper, we utilise a unique Quaternary record of 117 ice streams that operated at various times during deglaciation of the Laurentide Ice Sheet from about 22,000 to 7,000 years ago). We show that as they activated and deactivated in different locations, their overall number decreased, they occupied a progressively smaller percentage of the ice sheet perimeter and their total discharge decreased. The underlying geology and topography clearly influenced ice stream activity, but— at the ice-sheet scale—their drainage network adjusted and was strongly linked to changes in ice sheet volume. It is unclear whether these findings can be directly translated to modern ice sheets. However, contrary to the view that sees ice streams as unstable entities that can accelerate ice-sheet deglaciation, we conclude that ice streams exerted progressively less influence on ice sheet mass balance during the retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet.

# Thursday 18th May 2017, 5.30pm - Shaun Marcott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title to be confirmed
Venue: Cripps Auditorium, Cripps Court, Magdalene College

Abstract not available

Cambridge Volcanology

Cambridge Volcanology seminars.

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# Wednesday 26th April 2017, 1.00pm - Emma Liu (University of Cambridge)
Plume sampling with UAVs on Guatemalan volcanoes
Venue: Harker 2, Earth Sciences Department

Abstract not available

# Wednesday 10th May 2017, 1.00pm - Peter Baxter (University of Cambridge)
Masterclass: The health impacts of volcanic gases
Venue: Harker 2, Earth Sciences Department

Abstract not available

# Wednesday 24th May 2017, 1.00pm - Marian Holness (University of Cambridge)
Masterclass: Crystal growth kinetics
Venue: Harker 2, Earth Sciences Department

Abstract not available

# Wednesday 7th June 2017, 1.00pm - Adam Bobbette (University of Cambridge)
Cultures of Forecasting on Mt. Merapi
Venue: Harker 2, Earth Sciences Department

Abstract not available

Cambridge Cultural and Historical Geography (CCHG) - Department of Geography

Seminars and public lectures within the Cambridge Cultural and Historical Geography research group of the Department of Geography.

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Graduate Workshops in Economic and Social History

All talks take place on Mondays at 12.30 pm in Room 5, Faculty of History, West Road.

Convenors: Alex Wakelam (amfw2) and Jacopo Sartori (js2214).

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Other talks

Talks in the Department of Geography not connected to any other seminar series.

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