Can Our Cities Escape Climate Change? | Jan Lenaerts | TEDxLeuven

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Jan has always been fascinated by snow and ice.

As a glaciologist he studies the changes of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, mostly using computer models, but also collecting observations on site.

His goal? Research how these changes impact our global climate.

In this confronting talk, Jan explores how climate change may impact many facets of our modern city life.

Jan Lenaerts (1985) became fascinated by weather from a young age onwards. As soon as he finished his high school education, he went to The Netherlands where he studied Meteorology at Wageningen University (MSc in 2008).

He decided to pursue his doctoral dissertation at Utrecht University. There he studied the process of snow transport over the vast ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, mostly using computer models, but also collecting observations on site.

When he defended his PhD thesis in 2013, he had already experienced the amazing nature of Greenland, Alaska and Svalbard. More recently, Jan has steered his research towards understanding present-day rapid changes on the ice sheets, and their impact on global climate.

In 2014, he received the prestigious InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctic Fellowship.

Jan will move to Boulder (USA) in 2017 to become assistant professor at the University of Colorado.

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