Sept. 23: Climate Change, the IPCC, Uncertainty, and the Built Environment

Event Details


Date: September 22, 2013

Times: 6 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center, Room 100

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Dr. Geoff Levermore, former head of the Built Environment Research Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and a contributor to the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace to the IPCC and Al Gore, will visit campus to discuss "Climate Change, the IPCC, Uncertainty and the Built Environment" at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in room 100 of the Gilbert Science Center.

This talk will discuss briefly climate change concentrating on the role of the IPCC and its implications for regulation. It will consider the “climategate affair” and the uncertainty in future scenarios. With buildings responsible for about 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and an area for some of the greatest potential emissions reductions in the future, this topic will also be addressed. Current work on the urban heat island will be considered. Levermore is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and is on Technical Committee 4.2, Weather Information. 

About Geoff Levermore

Dr. Geoff Levermore was the head of the Built Environment Research Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (2000 to 2011) England, UK. He took early retirement and voluntary severance to support his terminally ill wife. He was appointed an Emeritus Professor in 2011. His wife died in 2011 and he has resumed part-time research, mostly on urban heat islands, and work on the CIBSE Guide A2 External Weather Data and is seeing through his remaining PhD students. He was recently appointed a part-time professor at the Institute of Energy and Sustainability, De Montfort University.

He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, (UNEP, WMO)) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) 2007, Working Group 3 (WG3): Mitigation of Climate Change, Residential / Commercial Buildings. He was a contributor to the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore. He was founding coordinator of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) W108, Climate Change and the Built Environment (one International Conference and 7 International Meetings), 2001 to 2007, Chair of the CIBSE Weather Group (1995 to 2006) and was a principal author of CIBSE Guide A Environmental Design, 2005. 

He was principal investigator (PI) of the EPSRC grant COincident Probabilistic climate change weather data for a Sustainable built Environment (COPSE) (EP/F038178/1, 2008-2011) and also PI of the EPSRC grant SCORCHIO: Sustainable Cities: Options for Responding to Climate cHange Impacts and Outcomes (EP/E017398/1, 2007-2010). In addition, he was the principal investigator of Tyndall grant IT1.8 and Co-I of three other Tyndall grants. This work has shown how future temperature increases due to global warming will have a significant impact on buildings’ performances and contributed to design guidance. The author of 58 refereed papers and 15 books, Dr. Levermore has managed EPSRC and other grants, since 1990.