EnglishLounge with Tom Goren, postdoctoral Researcher in atmospheric sciences at the University of Leipzig

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Datum:
13. September 2017
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19:00 Uhr
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11. September 2017

Tom

Can the earth temperature be controlled by engineering the clouds?                                                                                                                                      

Tom Goren has joined the Institute for Meteorology at the University of Leipzig as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Union funding project.
His pathway to Leipzig began at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. Tom’s research is focusing on the physics of clouds, and in particular the interaction between clouds and climate.

Imagine a hot summer day and the feeling when a cloud suddenly appears and hiding the sun from you. Similarly, when clouds are blocking the solar radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface, the Earth cools. In his talk he will show how air-pollution can modify the clouds so that ’polluted’ clouds become more reflective, i.e., they return more solar radiation back to space. This cooling effect may counteract, in part, the CO2 warming effect, and thus raises geo-engineering ideas in which the Earth’s temperature can be controlled by deliberately ’polluting’ the clouds.
However, such geo-engineering initiatives bring up ethical, social and political concerns that must be considered before any actions are done.

"EnglishLounge with Tom Goren, postdoctoral Researcher in atmospheric sciences at the University of Leipzig"

Mittwoch, 13.September 2017 - Einlass ab 18:30 Uhr, Beginn 19:00 Uhr

Tom

Can the earth temperature be controlled by engineering the clouds?                                                                                                                                      

Tom Goren has joined the Institute for Meteorology at the University of Leipzig as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Union funding project.
His pathway to Leipzig began at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. Tom’s research is focusing on the physics of clouds, and in particular the interaction between clouds and climate.

Imagine a hot summer day and the feeling when a cloud suddenly appears and hiding the sun from you. Similarly, when clouds are blocking the solar radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface, the Earth cools. In his talk he will show how air-pollution can modify the clouds so that ’polluted’ clouds become more reflective, i.e., they return more solar radiation back to space. This cooling effect may counteract, in part, the CO2 warming effect, and thus raises geo-engineering ideas in which the Earth’s temperature can be controlled by deliberately ’polluting’ the clouds.
However, such geo-engineering initiatives bring up ethical, social and political concerns that must be considered before any actions are done.

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