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Can our oceans predict climate change?

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18:30 - 20:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Discover how the ocean’s tiniest life forms have a big impact on our climate.

Algal bloom. Image credit: ITTNASA

Marine organisms like algae are constantly capturing and storing carbon, but the amount they can lock away is affected by the nutrients they receive. 

In this Café Scientifique Dr Kate Hendry explored where crucial nutrients, like nitrogen and silicon, come from, how they are circulated and how their supply is altered by a changing climate.

Dr Hendry’s work uses cores of ice and sediment to reveal the chemical history of the ocean, helping us to understand the role of nutrient circulation in the next chapter of Earth’s climate story.

What is a Café Scientifique?

A Café Scientifique is an informal dialogue-based event with a scientist. A short talk by the speaker is followed by audience questions, an interactive activity and discussion for the rest of the event

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Can our oceans predict climate change? The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK