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Chris Budd will take a light hearted view of the many issues concerned with predicting climate change, and (using audience participation) will look at the strengths and weaknesses of various climate models and what they tell us about the future of the Earth's climate.
He will look in particular at the different ways that the North and the South will be affected by changes in the climate and how mathematical models can help in our future decision making. The audience will have a chance to see both chaos in action and how coffee power might be able to save the world.
Chris Budd is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Institution and Deputy Director of the Climate Mathematics Network. He works closely with the Met Office in developing mathematical models for weather and climate prediction. He is also involved in applying mathematics to many other real world problems, from renewable energy devices to the cooking of potatoes. He is a passionate populariser of mathematics and gives many talks to schools and societies, as well as being director of the Bath Taps Into Science Festival. When not doing maths he likes walking in the mountains with his dogs.