It is now broadly accepted that the current rate of climate change is a major concern for human society. How did this come about? It was a result of sustained scientific research over the past two centuries. This talk will attempt to tell the story of that research, its current conclusions and how these conclusions were/are being disseminated to the human society.
About the Speaker:
R. Shankar is a theoretical physicist and a glaciologist. His research during his Ph.D period, in the eighties, was on aspects of high energy physics (particle physics). After that his research interests shifted to condensed matter physics (solid state physics). In particular, the application of the mathematical concepts of topology to physical phenomena in strongly interacting electronic systems in solids.
The December 2004 tsunami, that happened "under his nose in Chennai" made him interested in the earth sciences and he did some research on tsunamis in collaboration with oceanographers in the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
After 2008, he combined his passion for physics and the mountains, to start working on glaciology in collaboration with glaciologists in HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar (Uttarakhand) and IISER Pune.