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Our planet with Dr Ella Gilbert

Dr Ella Gilbert explains how climate change is impacting the Antartic and discusses her research on the climate impact of aviation contrails.

Watch this video where Emily and Nick talk to Dr Ella Gilbert about her reasons for doing research into climate change. A self-professed ‘cloud nerd’ who has spent time in Antarctica collecting data, Ella explains the processes in the atmosphere that lead to the melting of Antarctic ice shelves and her investigations into how aircraft emissions interact with clouds to produce a warming effect. She explains what the ‘greenhouse effect’ is and how it affects the planet as well as her hopes for COP 26.

Ella really likes understanding how things work. Which natural processes do you find fascinating? We’d like to hear about them, please share your thoughts in the discussion area below.

About Dr Ella Gilbert

Dr Ella Gilbert is an atmospheric scientist and cloud and polar enthusiast, who is passionate about communicating climate science to the wider public. The research she refers to in the video is described in more detail in her Guest Post for CarbonBrief. Ella’s research interests include Antarctic weather and climate, high-resolution regional modelling, the surface energy balance, atmosphere-ice interactions and cloud microphysics. You can follow her on Twitter @Dr_Gilbz and get a feel for carrying out research in the Antarctic in Antarctica: Mysteries of the ice – her talk for kids.

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