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Opening tu delft climate institute


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This presentation was given by Prof Herman Russchenberg, director of TU Delft Climate Institute, at the kick-off meeting on March 1st 2012. It describes background, aims and goals of the new institute.

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Opening tu delft climate institute

  1. 1. TU Delft Climate InstituteoverviewHerman Russchenberg2-3-2012 Delft University of Technology Challenge the future
  2. 2. Global warmingVideo op Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 2
  3. 3. Global warming: past and future? 1750-2005 high Level of understanding lowCooling effect Warming effect Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 3
  4. 4. Forcings, feedbacks, consequences e.g. water vapour, melted ice,clouds Weather Sea level Public health Agriculture Infrastructures Safety Food Economy e.g. cloudse.g. greenhouse gases, aerosols Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 4
  5. 5. Global warming: state of the art (1) Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 5
  6. 6. Global warming: state of the art (2) Response of the earthAdditional warming Direct warming due to CO2 Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 6
  7. 7. Uncertainties Understanding Consequences• Sub-grid processes • Mitigation• Long term observations • Adaptation• Feedbacks and forcings Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 7
  8. 8. TU Delft Climate InstituteFocus• Observation of climate-relevant geo-physical parameters: needs, methods and technologies• Understanding of climate-relevant geo-physical processes: experiment, modeling, parameterization and simulation• Policy, adaptation and mitigation models and methods based on climate knowledge. Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 8
  9. 9. The Delft landscapeFaculty DisciplinesAerospace Engineering earth system observation, climate-related satellite missions, data retrieval, validation & calibration, atmospheric observatories, mass transport, sea levelElectrical Engineering, Mathematics and sensor technology, (interactive) visualization, data bases,Computer Science computational mathematics, modeling, data assimilationCivil Engineering and Geophysics water management, hydrology, earth and atmospheric science, earth observation, fluid dynamics, geologyApplied Physics aerosol physics, bio-technology, multi-scale physics, space technologyMechanical and Maritime Engineering Fluid dynamics, air qualityArchitecture climate-adaptive architecture, climate resilient cities, geomaticsTechnology, Policy and Management complex systems, climate ethics, climate policy Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 9
  10. 10. Governance structure and collaborations• Campus network organization, hosted by the Department Geosciences and Remote Sensing• Small progam office3TU Data Centre• Since many activities will deal with observation, simulations and data, close collaboration with the 3TU Data Centre is foreseen. Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 10
  11. 11. TU Delft Climate Institute activities• Initiate joint, inter-facultary research programs with national and international partners• Define national observation/infrastructure programs• Deploy academic activities like seminars, workshops, debates, lecture series• Invite renowned guest scientists for a stay at Delft Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 11
  12. 12. 2012 themes• Extreme weather and the city• Clouds, aerosols and radiation• Mass transport and sea level rise• Climate information and policy Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 12
  13. 13. Program for today14:00 – 16:30 Scientific Programme14:00 – 15:15 Presentations on selected themes of the TU Delft Climate Institute: Prof. Herman Russchenberg – Overview TU Delft Climate Institute Dr. Marie Claire ten Veldhuis – Extreme weather and the city Prof. Harm Jonker – Clouds and climate Dr. Bert Vermeersen –Sea level rise Dr. Andrew Bollinger – Climate policy15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion: Challenges in climate science and policy Dr. Appy Sluijs (Utrecht University) Prof. Bram Bregman (Radboud University, KNMI) Prof. Bart van den Hurk (IMAU, KNMI) Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 13
  14. 14. Panel discussion• How anthropogenic is global warming?• Which topic should have the highest priority in climate research?• What are the strengths and weaknesses of climate research in The Netherlands?• Is energy policy the same as climate policy?• How should the scientific community participate in the public debate? Opening TUDelft Climate Institute 14