AGM 2011 and British Oceanographic Talk

Date/Time: Wednesday 21 September, 7.00pm with a light buffet for 7.30pm start.

Holiday Inn Chester South, Wrexham Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9DL

Speaker: Karen Vickers

Our AGM is usually short with the majority of the evening being dedicated to our guest speaker.

This year our guest speaker is Karen from The British Oceanographic Data Centre (see below).

We are anticipating - as is usual with us - being finished by 9.00pm.

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)The preservation of scientific data and avoiding the tragedy of the Library of Alexandria.

BODC is a national facility responsible for preserving and distributing unique and irreplaceable marine data sets. These data are precious and are fundamental to the development of scientific understanding of the processes that control our natural environment.

The data helps to provide answers to both local questions such as the likelihood of coastal flooding and to planetary wide issues such as the prediction of the impact of climate change. The more accurately we can predict these events, the better we can protect ourselves as we move into the future. It will not only affect us, but the quality of the lives of our children and grandchildren.

Karen Vickers has worked for eleven years in database and software development for the BODC. She will present of an overview of the BODC approach in realising its deep commitment to the ongoing preservation and availability of this unique scientific resource.