Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our time. With the UN climate summit (COP26) taking place in Glasgow this November, all eyes will be on the UK, and the UK government is determined to lead the way in looking ahead to creating a cleaner, greener and healthier world.
We are delighted to show our support in hosting a relaxed evening of informative talks on Tuesday 28 September from 6:30pm. Join us as we welcome Dr Cath Waller and official COP26 Public Engagement Ambassadors Dr Agota Mockute and Dr Christina C. Roggatz from the University of Hull as we explore some of the impacts climate change has on the oceans and its inhabitants. As well as taking a look at the Humber ‘Energy Estuary’.
Dr Agota Mockute - Wind energy: I’m a massive fan
Can you guess how long you would need to spin a bike to generate enough energy to brew a cuppa? Ever wondered why most wind turbines have 3 blades, what happens when the wind blows from a different direction, or why do we keep putting those wind turbines at all? This is an interactive talk on energy, how wind generates it for us, UK becoming the “Saudi Arabia of wind power” and the Humber – ‘Energy Estuary’.
Dr Christina C. Roggatz - The hidden effects of climate change: a journey into future oceans with toxic pufferfish, nose-blind crabs and sticky biofilms
Marine organisms use chemical substances for many essential life tasks like finding food, avoiding or defending against predators, mating and spotting home. We will visit puffer fish in the Solomon Sea, coral reef fish in Australia, sea bass in the Mediterranean, crabs on the Yorkshire Coast and lugworm-biofilm communities in the Humber sediment to see how they are affected. This talk gives you a glimpse into the hidden and invisible dimension of climate change with substantial consequences for marine ecosystems and their services that scientists are slowly start to uncover.
Dr Cath Waller - Microplastics in the Ocean
What happens to the things we use and throw away? Plastics are a big problem once they get into the ocean. How do they get there, where do they end up, and what problems do they cause?
Everyone who attends the event will be able to upgrade their ticket to a Day Plus Pass for free return visits to The Deep for 12 months (from 28 September 2021), at no extra charge.