Climate Science at the top of the world – National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Expeditions

This session brings together science, exploration and storytelling to highlight the impact of climate change on mountain systems and glaciers – and the people who depend on them for water. We will start with a screening of Expedition Everest, the documentary that highlights the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition where dozens of scientists converge to investigate what secrets the world’s highest peak has to tell us about our changing climate. The notorious Khumbu Glacier is mapped in stunning detail, biologists study extreme lifeforms, and a team of Sherpas and climate scientists climb straight towards the “death zone” to install the highest weather station in the world.

The screening will be followed by an interview with Dr Tom Matthews, one of the scientists from the Everest Expedition.

The discussion will focus on: Why conducting science in the most extreme environments is important in understanding our changing world. What is happening at the roof of the world and critical, but vulnerable, “water towers”. How are local communities devising solutions to the impacts of climate change.

Dr Claire McNulty, the Europe lead for the National Geographic Society, will host the session and open the floor to audience questions.