Discussion Series:

Methane – possible tipping points or surprises

Location: Virtual
Date: 7 November 15:30 – 17:00 CET
Register: https://methane-possible-tipping-points-or-surprises.confetti.events/

Join AIMES, Earth Commission, Future Earth and WCRP for the webinar series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. We discussed why is methane rising, how are sources and sinks changing, what is the risk from hydrates?


Moderated by Gabrielle Dreyfus (Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development)

Speaker Information:

Prof. Euan Nisbet, Royal Holloway University of London
Euan Nisbet is Emeritus Professor (Earth Sciences), at the Department of Earth Sciences at the Royal Holloway Uinversity of London. His research into Modern and Glacial Atmospheres has mainly focussed on Methane in the modern air, including the role of methane in Arctic climate change, methane hydrates and their role in global warming, and the task of assessing present day atmospheric methane burden. Current work includes major projects on Arctic and Tropical Atmospheric Methane budgets. Nisbet leads MOYA: the global methane budget. This is a UK NERC ‘Highlight’ consortium with 14 partner institutions that studies methane across the planet, with aircraft and ground field campaigns in African and South America, as well as monitoring greenhouse gases at a number of stations from the Arctic to the Antarctic and on a ship travelling from north to south in the Atlantic.

Asst. Prof. Sara Knox, McGill University
Dr. Knox’s research investigates how wetland-atmosphere exchanges of greenhouse gases, water and energy fluxes respond to a changing climate and disturbance, and how we can modify wetland management practices for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her research is done in collaboration with a broad group of researchers and institutions with an aim of helping to inform and advance climate policy. Dr. Knox’s previous research made several important contributions to understanding the climatic role of conserving and restoring wetlands across North America, with a focus on restored peatlands, wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada, and tidal wetlands. She is currently involved in several synthesis efforts including NSERC, NSF, and DOE funded projects focused on the role of wetlands as Nature-Based Climate Solutions. She also co-led two major international synthesis efforts focused on wetland methane emissions, including FLUXNET-CH4 and a USGS Powell Center Working Group focused on global wetland CH4 fluxes.