The UB Dose of Science continues with a presentation of Prof. Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Geography of UB, who spoke to us about “Climate changes. The great current challenge”.
Currently, climate change is associated to global warming, which entails both an increase in the average annual temperature on Earth and, even more seriously, an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events: floods, droughts, heat waves and sea and coastal storms. Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe shows, there are three major changes that are active on a global scale, namely: sea level rise, which is directly and intrinsically associated to global warming; then a change in vegetation and fauna, manifested by a latitudinal migration, which may take place over hundreds of kilometers, of ecological regions; and a change in the processes that shape the relief. Thus, climate change means much more than climate or warming. Explaining that these changes outline a major risk of deterioration of the state of the planet and automatically a major risk for the present human societies, Professor Vespremeanu-Stroe discusses the possible solutions to all these problems and challenges.
The second episode of the UB Dose of Science can be accessed here.
Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe is a professor of physical geography at the Faculty of Geography of UB and director of the Geomorphology, Geoarchaeology and Paleoenvironments Research Group (GEODAR) affiliated to ICUB. He is also responsible for managing the activity of the Sfântu Gheorghe Marine and River Research Station. His areas of interest are coastal geomorphology, geoarchaeology (coastal and fluvial), paleoenvironmental reconstructions and periglacial processes. More details on Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe are available here and here.
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