Popular Science Lecture Series

Talk on
Climate Change

Venue: Ramanujan Auditorium
Institute of Mathematical Sciences

5:00 PM - March 27, 2019

Organised by Tamilnadu Science Forum

About Program

Why is Chennai, and more generally India’s eastern coast, much more prone to cyclones than the western coast? Why is rainfall becoming patchier? Why did the Bay of Bengal swallow a fully functioning school in the Sundarbans in a space of merely four years? How do we understand the changes we are witnessing? What is the future we are condemning our children to?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report in late 2018. It detailed the difference in the impacts of climate change at a global temperature rise of 1.5C and 2C. Impacts are disproportionately greater for what would appear to be a small temperature difference. But why?

In this talk, we will discuss and understand the IPCC report, the magnitude of the problem of global climate change, its ramifications for India and the rest of the world, and the immense challenge of stepping back from the brink. During and after the talk, we welcome a discussion on what we should, and must, do to stave off the worst.

Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Program Schedule

Time: 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM - March 27, 2019

Registration: 4:45 PM Onwards

Inauguration - 5:15 - 5:30 PM

Welcome Address

Dr. R Ramanujam
Professor, Theoretical Computer Science
IMSc, Chennai

5:30 PM – 6:20 PM

Lecture by: Dr. Chirag Dhara
Topic: Heat waves, cyclones and sea level rise: understanding the recent IPCC report on climate change and its ramifications for India and the world.

Concluding Session - 6:40 PM - 6:45 PM

Vote of Thanks: Dr. Ravi Kumar, President, Tamilnadu Science Forum, Chennai District Chapter


Dr. Chirag Dhara

Dr. Chirag Dhara

Dr. Chirag Dhara, is a physicist presently conducting research in the climate sciences. His present scientific interests result from his concerns regarding global change in the anthropocene. He would like to contribute to the ongoing movement to address these issues as a scientist, consultant and activist. From June 2018, he is part of Firstpost: news portal, India as Climate change analyst. His article covers analytical and special reports on climate change and impacts. He has completed two doctoral degrees on "theoretical quantum mechanics and quantum foundations." from Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain and "atmospheric modelling and climate change projections" from Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.


Ramanujan Auditorium,
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences
IV Cross Road, CIT Campus,Taramani, Chennai 600 113


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