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Climate change: using the past to predict the future.
with Dr Jennifer Clear from Liverpool Hope University

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Join Dr Jennifer Clear in this Subject Spotlight as she opens a door to the past, present and future of the environment. Beginning with an overview and the key impacts of climate change, Dr Jennifer outlines the effects of global warming on coastal, forest, and urban environments and looks to the future to predict how these landscapes may look. Dr Jennifer also discusses the impacts of the last Ice-Age and how the World as we know it has changed over time, before setting you a thrilling activity where you must solve a murder based on the information you have gained throughout this Subject Spotlight.

Dr Jennifer ClearLiverpool Hope UniversityGeography

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1. General issues surrounding climate change
2. Unearthing the past
3. From the ice-age to today in the UK
4. Activity - using the environment to solve a murder mystery
5. Activity feedback
Bonus: Bridging the gap

About the university

Liverpool Hope University
Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope provides students with the best of both worlds; welcoming campuses within easy reach of one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. With a history dating back to 1844, the University is committed to a culture of research informed teaching within an environment that nurtures, supports and empowers students as individuals. The University has state-of-the-art facilities at both its teaching campuses, one of which is entirely dedicated to creative and performing arts. With single honours and one of the widest ranges of combined degrees, students can select their area of study according to their passions and career aspirations.

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Dr Jennifer Clear

Dr Jennifer Clear is the Head of Geography & Environmental Science at Liverpool Hope University. She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Geography, MSc in Environment and Climate Change, and a PhD on “Holocene fire and vegetation dynamics in the northern European forests”. Jennifer is a palaeoecologist (like a palaeontologist for plants instead of dinosaurs). Her research focuses on understanding human) activity and climate change as drivers of past environmental change. She quantifies past disturbances such as storms, pathogens and fires by using sedimentary records from terrestrial, lacustrine and marine environments. She combines these long-term geological records with short-term instrumental and dendroecological (tree ring) records to monitor past change and model future scenarios to inform environmental conservation and management.

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