'Climate projections' by Dr. Pierre Friedlingstein


Dr. Pierre Friedlingstein's short biography:

Pierre Friedlingstein holds a Chair in Mathematical Modelling of the Climate System at the University of Exeter. He is also, currently on leave, Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.
He has 25 years research experience in the field of global carbon cycle modelling, global biogeochemical cycles and global climate change. In particular he developed dynamic global vegetation models (DGVM) in order to investigate the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle at multiple time scales.
He was one of the first who used a terrestrial carbon cycle model to estimate the changes in land carbon content over glacial-interglacial cycles. He also showed that the current terrestrial carbon sink could not be explained solely by ecosystems response to atmospheric CO2.
More recently he highlighted the important coupling between climate change and the carbon cycle, developing a mathematical framework for the analysis of the climate-carbon cycle feedback.
He is actively involved in climate assessment through his participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1994. He was lead author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report for both Working group I and for the Synthesis Report.

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Lecture's abstract - 'Climate projections':

The lecture will review the evidences of observed climate changes, the attribution of climate changes to human activities, and the projections of future climate change over the 21st century.
The lecture will also discuss different climate target, such as the 2°C target and the implication for future carbon emissions.

Recommended background publication on this presentation:

IPCC, 2013: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Stocker, T.F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S.K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.