Published: 12 April 2019

Surrey researcher invited to present ESA ‘Climate Detectives’ webinar

Teaching and Research Fellow Dr Natalie Douglas has been talking to school students about climate change via a live webinar broadcast by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of its ‘Climate Detectives’ project.

Over 400 students from schools across Europe logged on to the YouTube broadcast and watched as Dr Douglas explained some of the causes and consequences of climate change, what we can all do to protect the Earth’s climate, and how scientists go about investigating climate change.

Climate Detectives is an ESA school project which challenges students aged 8 to 15 to ‘make a difference’ by identifying a climate problem in their local environment, investigating the problem, and proposing a way to address it.

Dr Douglas was invited to take part in the webinar having previously been involved in giving feedback on schools’ Climate Detectives project proposals.

Dr Douglas originally became interested in climate change when she studied a module on The Mathematics of Weather while studying on Surrey’s MMath undergraduate degree. She subsequently went on to study for a PhD in Fluid Dynamics at Surrey and remained as a Teaching Fellow and Research Fellow funded by the National Centre for Earth Observation. Focusing on research into Earth observation and data assimilation, she is currently using satellite data to measure how much carbon is stored on the surface of the Earth.

Dr Douglas says: “I think it’s imperative for everyone to learn about climate change and the impact that individual, corporate and political decisions have on our planet. This is even more important for school children who will be shaping the future of this planet and the human race.

“Having the opportunity to talk to these future movers and shakers was moving, and their project proposals heart-warming. I only hope that I inspired them as much as they inspired me.”

Watch the ESA Climate Detectives webinar.


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