This year we celebrated Climate Week with a public event at Manchester Museum inviting visitors to take part in our Climate Science Challenge. Over 1,200 visitors joined in our celebrations, and together with researchers and students from British Antarctic Survey, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Manchester, took part in hands-on activities and experiments, exploring a range of climate change issues.

 

Taking on the Climate Science Challenge

As part of the event, visitors were invited to join in our challenge by speaking to researchers and taking part in their own experiments to find the answers to important climate change questions. With the help of our team of scientists, they investigated what happens to marine life when oceans acidify; built wind turbines to discover the impacts of renewable energy; mapped the changing distribution of birds in the Andes; identified fossil pollen grains; made their own cloud in a cup; explored the evidence for Ice Age environments in Britain; experienced life in an Antarctic base camp; and got to grips with Arctic climate change.

 

When they needed time to relax (and write up their results!), they enjoyed the winning documentaries from Connect4Climate Action4Climate film competition. All films can be viewed on here.

 

Take a look at our photos below and follow our updates on Twitter throughout Climate Week 2015.

 

Thanks to our partners: Manchester Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and Connect4Climate.

 

Happy Climate Week!

 

Photo gallery
Some of our 1,200 visitors taking part in our activities

Some of our 1,200 visitors taking part in our activities

 

How does climate change affect oceans? Scientists from the University of Manchester tell us how!

How does climate change affect oceans? Scientists from the University of Manchester tell us how!

 

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Investigating how climate change affects bird species in the Andes with researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University

Exploring Arctic climate change with researchers from the University of Manchester

Exploring Arctic climate change with researchers from the University of Manchester

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Visualising Ice Age Britain: Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University show how Britain might have looked when it was covered in the British-Irish Ice Sheet

 

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Giant pollen grains! Researchers from the University of Manchester tell us all about fossil pollen grains and how they can help us reconstruct Ice Age environments, all with the help of these excellent wooden models of pollen grains

 

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Scientists from the University of Manchester explore how changes in the atmosphere might affect plant life (and vice versa)

 

Ocean scientists from Liverpool John Moores University show us what might happen if the oceans continue to acidify - all with the help of these fun experiments!

Ocean scientists from Liverpool John Moores University show us what might happen if the oceans continue to acidify – all with the help of these fun experiments!

 

The scientists and the BAS Antarctic Base Camp after an action packed day at the Museum

The scientists at the BAS Antarctic Base Camp after an action packed day at the Museum