September 23, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Rachel White and Simon Donner

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

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Roundtable Discussion on the 2021 IPCC Report


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC provides regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Please click here for more details.

Rachel White

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia


Rachel is an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences working on large-scale climate dynamics and climate modelling in the EOAS Department at UBC. She trained as an Atmospheric Physicist at Imperial College London, before completing post-doc positions at the University of Washington and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Her current research focusses on the connections between large- scale atmospheric dynamics and extreme weather events, particularly heatwaves. She also enjoys playing with climate models to understand how forcing affects our climate, whether that forcing is anthropogenic greenhouse gases, the presence of ice sheets or different land configurations in paleoclimates.

Simon Donner

Professor, IRES & Geography, University of British Columbia


Simon Donner (he/him/his) is an interdisciplinary climate scientist who aims to address societally-relevant questions surrounding climate change. Most of his research is at the intersection of physical climate science, marine science and public policy. His current areas of focus are patterns of ocean warming and sea-level rise; climate change adaptation in the developing world, especially in coastal areas; and climate change and coral reefs. This research involves a combination of numerical modelling, large-scale geospatial analysis, and both scientific and interview-based field work in the south and central Pacific. Donner takes his privileged position as a professor seriously, and spends a lot of time translating the science of climate change to different audiences in hopes of helping people make better decisions about the future. Simon recently joined IRES as a new faculty member.