A Changing Planet
'A Changing Planet' is one of the four themed strands of the Oral History of British Science project, an initiative of National Life Stories and the British Library in association with the Science Museum.
Generously supported by The Arcadia Fund
Dr Charles Swithinbank using a theodolite during an Antarctic expedition, 1949-52
Image courtesy of Charles Swithinbank
A Changing Planet considers the advancement of the earth system sciences in the light of recent concerns associated with environmental and climate change.
The interviewees will be selected amongst a number of earth science experts (climatologists, meteorologists, geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, ecologists, glaciologists and oceanographers) to explore two chief points: how, when and why the Earth has become a subject of scientific investigation; and how this investigation has been pivotal to the rise of concerns about the impact of humans on the environments.
For example, it would elucidate research on the quantity of ice on the polar caps and then discuss how these findings have been used in the context of scientific discourse on the melting of these caps and the corresponding rise of sea levels.