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Friends Lecture Series - 2009

Friends Lecture Series - 2009

Lent Term 2009 Lectures

All lectures begin at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30) except for the South Georgia Association evening on 7th Feb. when doors will open at 7:15pm for 8:00pm start. Lectures generally last for about an hour, including questions, and are normally followed by tea or coffee. Attendance is free and open to all. Although the Institute is undergoing substantial remodelling over the next 12 months and the Museum will be closed, our lecture series is not affected but will take place in the School of Chemistry opposite the Institute. All lectures will be clearly signposted.

7th February: "Visualising South Georgia"

Paul Cooper - Geographic Information Systems Manager, British Antarctic Survey

A joint event with the South Georgia Association - Doors open 7:15 PM for drinks and nibbles in SPRI lobby.

The environment of South Georgia is fragile and under pressure from introduced species, from human activities and from climate change. The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has the task of managing the many influences on the environment of South Georgia to minimise their impact on iconic species such as the great Wandering Albatross. This work requires access to as much information as possible, so that the best decisions can be made to protect these and other endangered birds and to protect the environment that they require in order to thrive.

In order to provide access to this information, in 2007 the Mapping and Geographic Information centre at British Antarctic Survey was asked to create a system that would enable administrators, scientists and the public to see environmental information in a geographic framework. The system, known as the South Georgia Geographic Information System (or SGGIS for short), has been released to the general public.

Paul Cooper will give a description of the South Georgia GIS, and will demonstrate its use in assessing the risk of rats entering a previously rat-free area.

21st February: "The Inughuit living at the edge of human existence"

Raymond Molony - Educationalist and Traveller

How the people of Avanersuaq face the challenges of the future while retaining their historical culture

7th March: "The RRS William Scoresby – Cradle to Grave"

Ronald G. Pett - Electrical Engineering Manager (retd)

The RRS Scoresby sailed thousands of miles through the Southern oceans marking whales, carrying our oceanographic research and other activities in both wartime and peacetime including Operation Tabarin, between 1926 and 1950. This lecture examines her origins and the significance of her role.