Saturday, May 19, 2012


date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 12:58:36 +0100
from: "Karen J. Heywood" <>
subject: Abrupt Climate Change <fwd>
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Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 11:02:36 +0100
From: Val Akhurst <>
Subject: Abrupt Climate Change
Sender: Val Akhurst <>
Cc: Andrew Adams <>, Mike Webb
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To make sure as many people as possible are aware of the proposed NERC
thematic programme, I am sending you a notice of a Town Meeting.
Please forward this notice to all of your staff and please accept my
apologies if you have already seen it.


Town Meeting to explore UK science-community interest in the
development of a NERC thematic programme on 'Abrupt climate change
and the stability of the ocean's thermohaline circulation'.

To be held on Friday, 19 May 2000 at the Geological Society, London.

Mean annual air temperatures over the northern Atlantic Ocean and
northwest Europe are considerably higher than elsewhere at similar
latitudes, due to the vast amount of heat transported northward by the
ocean's thermohaline circulation. There is a possibility that
anthropogenic activities will lead to a dramatic reduction in the
strength of this circulation system, resulting in a rapid cooling of
northwest Europe, perhaps over only a few decades. There is therefore
an urgent need to establish, with reasonable confidence, the likely
range of variability of the thermohaline circulation and its
susceptibility to collapse.

A Town Meeting on Friday 19 May 2000 aims to explore
science-community interest in developing a UK programme to evaluate
the mechanisms controlling, and the variability of, the North Atlantic
thermohaline circulation, and the likely consequences of future
variability for climate change over Europe. This science area is
presently considered to be high-priority for NERC activity, and
interest is anticipated from a broad community, including
oceanographic, atmospheric, remote-sensing, climate-change (and
impacts), hydrologic and palaeoceanographic disciplines. The meeting
will be held at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly,
London. The Town Meeting aims to establish the scope of a potential
NERC Thematic Programme over 5 years, with a view to establishing a
framework for more extensive national and international programmes
over longer timescales. It is envisaged that the programme would have
strong observational and modelling components.

It is intended that the Town Meeting will provide:
* An indication of probable interest in the various science areas
* An indication of community strengths, weaknesses and potential for
* Ideas for formulating the most appropriate science proposal

The Town Meeting will start at 10.00am (tea/coffee and registration
from 09h30), and will conclude by 4.00pm. If you are planning to
attend, please register with Mrs Val Akhurst (e-mail:
by Wednesday 3 May 2000, providing your name and full contact details
(address, tel., and e-mail). In case of over-subscription, places will
be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Information on the programme development to date can be found at
the web-site will be supplemented with further details as the meeting
approaches. A final agenda for the meeting will also be e-mailed to
those who register. Any queries should be directed to Dr Philip Newton
(tel.: 01793 411636; e-mail:

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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Dr Karen J. Heywood, Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, U.K.
Phone 1603 592555 Fax 1603 507719

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