The Geological Record of Climate Change.

The Earth is warming, with present and future changes in our climate being of global concern. However, it is important to understand that since its formation of approximately 4.6 billion years ago, the Earth’s climate has varied between periods when ice sheets extended down to very low-altitudes at low-latitudes, to times when water at the Equator was as the same temperature as bath water.

Occurring before humans inhibited the Earth, these often dramatic and rapid changes in climate were driven by a range of natural processes, controlling the habitability of our planet and its associated biodiversity.

In this talk we will look at the geological record of climate change, how these changes impacted life on Earth, and how this can help us better understand our present and future climate.

Professor Christopher Jackson Biography

Professor Christopher Jackson is Chair in Sustainable Geoscience at the University of Manchester. Having completed his BSc (1998) and PhD (2002) at the University of Manchester, Chris was employed as a geologist in the Equinor research centre, Bergen, Norway. He then moved to Imperial College in 2004, where he used traditional fieldwork techniques and seismic reflection data to study the evolution of sedimentary basins, with a focus on how these depressions in the Earth’s crust record long-term (>106 million years) changes in the climate and the deformation surrounding tectonic plates.  Chris recently returned to the University of Manchester in 2021, where he continues to work on a range of problems related to basin structure and evolution.

When not studying rocks and the ways in which they deform, Chris gives geoscience lectures to the general public and in schools, having appeared on several, Earth Science-focused, television productions and podcasts. Chris is actively engaged in efforts to improve equality, diversity, and inclusivity