Met Office climate webinar series 2023
Climate science webinars
Following the success and interest in the Met Office COP27 webinar series, during 2023 we will be delivering a series of climate science webinars. Below you will find details of past events including video recordings and written summaries.
Details of upcoming events will also be added including registration links when available.
Look out for details of other webinars in this series by following @MetOffice_Sci on Twitter.
A climate tipping point refers to a critical threshold when global or regional climate change causes changes from one stable state to another stable state. Examples include the melting of the Arctic ice sheets leading to sea level rise or rainforest dieback caused by deforestation, which in turn reduces the carbon sink benefits of these tropical forests. Tipping points are also often associated with cascading impacts, where one impact leads to another.
In this webinar, we looked at the latest science on tipping points and considered how mitigation and adaptation can help reduce the likelihood of these events taking place and address the potential impacts.
We were joined by speakers from the University of Exeter, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Climate Sense.
Adaptation: taking evidence-based action
In this webinar, we explored the importance of taking an evidence-based approach to adaptation, considering the current level of implementation in the UK as well as the latest UK Government vision for adaptation. We also heard about examples of adaptation in practice.
We were joined by speakers from Marsh McLennan/Grantham Research Institute/Climate Change Committee, Defra, Clinton Devon Estates and JBA Consulting.
Co-benefits of the climate action imperative
In this webinar we discussed the co-benefits of climate action such as those on health and wellbeing. In addition to science and policy perspectives, we also heard about how co-benefits are already being realised in some communities. We were joined by speakers from the University of Leeds, Ricardo Energy and Environment/the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, and Belfast City Council.
Mitigation: a road to Net Zero
In this webinar, we considered what is meant by Net Zero and looked at the UK Government’s priorities for achieving their aim of reaching Net Zero by 2050. We considered the science backdrop and how this can help with the implementation of Net Zero, sharing lessons learnt by the Met Office in implementing our Net Zero strategy. Finally, we discussed industry sustainability. We were joined by speakers from the University of Leeds, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, and the Civil Aviation Authority.