A group of 14 to 16 year old high attainers from Wigston Academy, Lancaster Boys and Martin High School, Anstey, gathered at South Wigston High School to hear about the influence of the Polar regions on global weather from Dr John King, Science Leader, on Atmosphere, Ice and Climate with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.
Dr King described the differences in the North and South Poles’ climates (although both cold) and the effect of the ice melt from global warming on the weather and the extremes which would cause major loss of land through flooding and very cold winters in the UK. He then spent time with South Wigston High School students at a workshop on decision making based on the information arising from the lecture. John said, ‘It was a pleasure to work with a group of such lively and engaged students’.
John King read Physics at Durham and gained a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds. He worked for the UK Meteorological Office before joining BAS as a Meteorologist. His current research is on climate variability and change in high southern latitudes (particularly the Antarctic Peninsula) and Air-Sea-Ice interaction.