Curiosity Carnival: CPDN team at the Ashmolean

September 29, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00

Various venues around Oxford

Curiosity Carnival is Oxford's contribution to European Researchers' Night, a Europe-wide celebration of academic research for the public, supported by the European Commission.

Taking place on 29 September 2017, Curiosity Carnival will showcase the world-leading research taking place here at Oxford to a large and diverse audience through a programme that will include live experiments, debates, bite-sized talks and other activities.

The Centre's Professor David Wallom and members of the team will be at the Ashmolean Museum exhibiting a 3D globe projector ('Magic Planet', which will run visualizations of active real-time climate data simulations happening around the world on the volunteer computing project (CPDN) is a volunteer computing, climate modelling project, which runs climate models on people’s home computers to help answer questions about how climate change is affecting our world, now and in the future.

Magic Planet is an educational tool which projects a digital image or animation onto a globe. It can show data in a visual form and is an eye-catching method of bringing research to life. The global reach of, with simulations running on every major inhabited continent, lends itself perfectly to visualization on a globe projector.

Environmental Change Institute and Oxford e-Research Centre staff will also be present to describe what the graphics are showing, and how is contributing to our understanding of global climate changes and changing risks of extreme weather events, with results from recent research/simulations.

Professor Wallom and the team will be asking visitors to their stand to sign up as volunteers for the citizen science project, by running free software on their computer. The data generated is sent back to CPDN researchers and incorporated into projects.

These computer models simulate the climate for the next century, producing predictions of temperature, rainfall and the probability of extreme weather events. The more models that are run, the more evidence can be gathered on climate change. CPDN recently contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s Scoping Meeting in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to draft the outline of its Sixth Assessment Report and to the US National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting breakout session on extreme event attribution in Washington D.C.- read more.

On the same night at the Ashmolean there will be hundreds of other activities for all ages and interests  - interactive games, flash talks, live experiments and demonstrations, films, poetry, music, art, dance and much more! To attend you'll need a free Curiosity Explorer Ticket.