The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is all set to host the eight SciTech Spins student lectures in its ongoing lecture series. The new SciTech Spins lecture is titled “Learning from the Past – Climate and Civilization Changes,” which will take place on April 23, 2022.
The earth is warming at an unprecedented rate and it is not known how various climate processes, such as monsoon rains, will change in response to this warming. In the past, the earth has had warmer and colder periods than now. The history of the Earth’s climate can help us better understand the future changes in climate processes with the expected warming. In an effort to pass this knowledge on to the students, IIT Delhi is organizing this lecture on climate change and its effects.
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“In this lecture, I will talk about how to reconstruct past climates using chemistry from natural materials such as lakes and ocean sediments, which store information about past rainfall and temperature variability,” said Prof Yama Dixit, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi.
According to the notice from IIT Delhi, the lecture will address questions such as ‘Rainfall and Elemental Isotopes: How Are They Related? Would you believe that the Thar Desert in northwestern India was once a densely populated area? How can the ocean floor be used as an archive of past climate changes? How are the ‘natural climate experiments’ captured in lakes and oceans? Could Climate Change Have Caused Ancient Civilizations to Collapse? How close are we to a climate catastrophe on this warming Earth? and so forth.
The talk will be streamed live on IIT Delhi’s official YouTube channel.
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The SciTech Spins lecture series is an academic outreach initiative of IIT Delhi for the school students, especially from grades 9 to 12. The Institute issues e-certificates to all registered students nominated by their respective schools attending the lecture. Furthermore, these students will also be invited to ‘Open House’, an annual intellectual party organized by IIT Delhi, which provides an ideal platform for school students to interact with some of the leading researchers in the field of science and technology.
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