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Looking at the past and the future of Earth

Past event - 2019
22 May 7:00 PM: Doors open
7:30 PM: Event starts
9:30 PM: End of the event
Phillips Brewery, 2010 Government St ,
Victoria V8T 4P1
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Grab a beer while we have a swim in the universe of phytoplanktons and discover how these organisms have shaped life on Earth. The Earth being in constant evolution,  can we foresee what tomorrow will look like?

Uncertainty is not always ignorance in weather and climate

Adam Monahan (Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria)
When a coin is flipped, we cannot predict what will happen. We do know the range and relative likelihoods of various outcomes. Similarly, while predictions of exact future states of the atmosphere are not possible beyond a few weeks, we can make statistical statements about the future in weather and climate predictions. I will introduce the idea of "uncertainty quantification" in weather and climate, and discuss the apparent paradox that it is possible to say certain things about uncertain systems.
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The forest in a drop of the ocean

Diana Varela (Professor Department of Biology, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria)
Did you know that floating unicellular algae, called phytoplankton, use half
of the carbon dioxide from the air and produce half of the oxygen we
breath? Phytoplankton provide the basic food that sustains marine
ecosystems and fisheries. Some of them make neurotoxins, some live in
glass houses, and others contribute to the formation of clouds. And
prehistoric phytoplankton, not dinosaurs, became the hydrocarbons that fuel
our cars and power plants. If it weren’t for microscopic algae, we wouldn’t
be standing on Earth today or Earth would be a very different place.
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Listening to the Earth

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