Climate Change Research
Prof Dave Frame
Time & Place
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:00 NZDT in Rutherford 531, Level 5
All are welcome
Climate change is many things to many people but from a mainstream policy perspective it involves the provision of a global public good (a stable climate). Physical climate modelling can provide inputs of fundamental importance for this task, by giving measures of the scale of the issue, and by highlighting those aspects which matter most. This talk will discuss a series of physical science points of high policy relevance (such as the centrality of cumulative emissions; the issues of short-lived vs long-lived greenhouse gases, emergent climate change, and the dissimilarity between sea-level rise and temperature change) and will briefly discuss some of the public goods dimensions of the problem.
Biography: Professor Dave Frame is Director of the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute (NZCCRI) at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a background in physics, philosophy and policy. Prior to returning to New Zealand, Dave was Senior Research fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, where he was also Hugh Price Fellow in Geography at Jesus College. Following his PhD in Physics at the University of Canterbury, Dave worked as a policy analyst at the New Zealand Treasury. He was a Lead Author on the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and his research has often been published in the world's leading climate research journals.