WinACC Science and Technology Advisory Panel
The Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP)
- provides up-to-date information, advice and documentation on scientific and technological matters to WinACC
- works with other WinACC groups in areas of mutual interest where STAP’s scientific knowledge and opinion is useful
- reviews information from WinACC such as presentations and web materials for scientific accuracy
- publishes on climate change.
The Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) meets 7.30-9.00 pm on 3rd Tuesday of alternate months. Contact STAP@winacc.org.uk if you want to come to a meeting.
Global warming will be between 2.7 and 3.7 degrees C even if all countries make all the emissions cuts they promised at Paris.
Research in the USA has concluded that, over 20 years, both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas effect than do either coal or oil. A 20-year timescale was used since this is close to the period starting now over which humanity has to drastically cut emissions to avoid dangerous climate change.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has recently (June 2014) published its third report containing estimates of the shale gas and oil resources of parts of Britain. The reports can be found at the links below and the table provides a summary of published estimates to date.
A recently published paper by Richard Davies et al.
On 23 May 2014 the British Geological Survey published a report summarising their review of the potential for oil and gas in the Jurassic shale rocks of the Weald Basin. This Basin stretches from Salisbury, Wiltshire in the west to Ashford, Kent in the east and down to the south coast.
Although sea level has been rising since 1998, as the oceans have continued to absorb heat from the sun (see figure), the temperature of the atmosphere has risen little since the late 1990s. This reduced temperature rise is contrary to the expectations of many climate scientists whose models predict global warming as more and more carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere.
Each year, Professor Bob Whitmarsh of WinACC's Science and Technology Advisory Panel issues a report on the greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester District.
The 2013 report technical presents a summary of emissions and trends in emissions in Winchester District from 2005 to 2011. The report also reviews progress towards the target of a 30% reduction in the carbon footprint of Winchester District by 2015 (relative to 2004). There is also a...
WinACC's Science and Technology Advisory Panel has produced a paper which sets out the technical basis for setting national and local targets to mitigate climate change. It defines the overall energy budget that the district must keep to take its share of national and global emissions cuts required for there to be a chance of keeping global warming to less than 2 degrees C. The paper shows that a local cut of 7% year on year until 2050 is required for this.
The Science and Technology Advisory Panel has issued an update of its activities.