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Posted on on July 20th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication by John Tyndall of his paper which identified the roles of atmospheric carbon dioxide and water vapour in determining the global temperature.

To celebrate this milestone of climate science, the Royal Irish Academy and the Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland, are holding a scientific conference on John Tyndall and his scientific legacy.

This takes place between 28-30th September in Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland.

As well as examining  the Tyndall climate legacy the conference will also explore current science on:

(1) Global warming potentials and common metrics for radiative forcing of climate and
(2) Key climate feedback issues.

The conference  has attracted  contributions from leading  international experts in these areas, and will provide stimulating discussion of these issues within climate science and  at the science policy interface. Details on the conference programme  and registration details are at:

As attendance is limited, early registration is advised.

John Tyndall is an overlooked genius from Ireland whose work revolutionised science and created entirely new experimental techniques and scientific disciplines.   His work on infra-red  spectroscopy served to form the basis of our  understanding of the Earth’s climate system and  current awareness of the threats of global warming and climate change.   In this, he is ranked with  the greatest physicists of  19th and 20th century – “Fourier, Tyndall, Arrhenius, Kirchoff, Planck and Einstein”, (Ray Pierrehumbert, Physics Today, Jan 2011). In the 150 years since the publication of Tyndall’s seminal work, the sciences of atmospheric radiative transfer and climate have developed and deepened our understanding of the world we live in and our impact upon it.

This conference will celebrate Tyndall’s achievements and  examine developments in key  areas of climate science, current scientific issues and their  implications. It will also celebrate the increasing recognition of Tyndall’s work and reputation.


from: Dr Frank McGovern,
Environmental Protection Agency,
Clonskeagh Road,
Dublin 14, Ireland.

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