Tim Palmer, Oxford University
Wed, May 4 7:00 PM (90 min)
How well can we predict our future climate? If the flap of a butterfly’s wings can change the course of weather a week or so from now, what hope trying to predict anything about our climate a hundred years hence? In this talk I will discuss the science of climate change from a perspective which emphasises the chaotic (and hence uncertain) nature of our climate system. In so doing I will outline the fundamentals of climate modelling, and discuss the emerging concept of inexact supercomputing, needed - paradoxically perhaps - if we are to increase the accuracy of predictions from these models. Indeed, revising the notion of a supercomputer from its traditional role as a fast but precise deterministic calculating machine, may be important not only for climate prediction, but also for other areas of science such as astrophysics, cosmology and neuroscience.
Conducting the Ether
Thu, Jun 2 8:00 PM (120 min)
Omar Daniel, 1997 recipient of the Jules Leger Award for New Chamber Music, is no stranger to the Open Ears Festival or the Penderecki String Quartet. Open Ears welcomes him back with a new work for the Waterloo Region. It is fitting to include a new work from a familiar composer as the closing night in this collaborative venture that includes Quartetfest, Perimeter Institute, NUMUS and Inter Arts Matrix. D Andrew Stewart is also a welcome returning artist to the Open Ears Festival.