Herbert Huppert Lecture

2 April 2019



Will the Earth become too hot for your grandchildren to handle? The science and politics of carbon emissions and storage.

The Australian Academy of Science Selby Lecture by Herbert Huppert, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge.

This talk will describe the background of atmospheric temperatures in both the distant and recent past. It will explain the definite connection between the carbon dioxide and methane content of the atmosphere and the average global surface temperature. Various predictions into the future will be presented as well as useful ways of restoring a balance, including storage and chemical reaction.

The reactions of politicians to these ideas will be discussed.

Herbert Huppert is the Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge, where he has been since 1968, having completed his undergraduate studies at Sydney University. He has used fundamental fluid mechanics to contribute to areas in meteorology, oceanography and the “solid” Earth Sciences. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of New South Wales. His most cited paper, with co-author Steve Sparks, published in 1988, on the melting of granitic crust by the input of hot basaltic magma has been cited more than 1,110 times (according to Google Scholar), although neither author can explain this popularity.

This lecture is presented by the UWA School of Earth Sciences and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.