Polar scientist delivers masterclass in climate modelling

Science students at Cambridge Regional College were given a practical session in climate modelling when polar scientist Dr James Pope visited the college.

The students, all on Access to Higher Education and National Diploma in Applied Science courses, received an insight into polar research at the British Antarctic Survey, where Dr Pope is looking at changes in Arctic sea conditions.

He gave the students the opportunity to work on climate modelling simulations after talking about his work and the practical challenges facing researchers working on establishing patterns of change.

Dr Pope, a member of the Iceland-Greenland Seas Project, is using climate model simulations to investigate how differences during the past 40 years have changed the location and intensity of heat fluxes due to marine cold air outbreaks.

He has been a climate modeller and polar scientist at BAS for the last three years, and as a STEM ambassador was a winner ofI’m A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’, an online outreach event for schools.

CRC Science lecturer Ursula Lowe said the students had been given a valuable insight into the work of polar scientists.

“James delivered a masterclass in research and gave the students an inside look at the problems scientists face in a very practical look at ‘How Science Works’,” she said.

“It was a great opportunity for the students to talk to a polar scientist and we are grateful to James for his very inspirational visit.”

For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email loshea@camre.ac.uk

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