Environmental consultant, former climatology professor, University of Winnipeg, ManitobaICSC Science Advisory Board MemberNow residing in Victoria, British Columbia
1 - Climate and Climate Change:
Dr. Ball will tune his talk as desired by his hosts to cover any aspect of the generalist discipline of climatology, from the fundamental science to the way it was used as a vehicle for a political agenda. This includes, but is not limited to:
what the discipline studies.
how it evolved.
what we know and don't know.
how much climate changes naturally.
the impossibility of determining if humans are having any impact when our effect is minuscule compared to the massive natural forces involved.
2 - Water - The Resource of the 21st Century:
We should change the name of the Planet from Earth to Water. Climate studies made me realize that water, water vapour and precipitation are much more important than temperature. Droughts are the single most devastating part of climate and climate change as far as flora and fauna, including humans, are concerned.
Dr. Tim Ball - 2011
3 - Science of the Fur Trade:
Churchill and York Factory on Hudson Bay were the largest centre of science and discovery in North America in the 18th Century. Thermometers were brought to Churchill in 1768 and almost continuous instrumental or daily meteorological journals were kept fro 1718 to early 20th century providing one of the longest historical records in the world. Almost all the information for Thomas Pennant's Arctic Zoology the first record of Arctic plants and animals came from information provided by the fur traders. Observations of the Transit of Venus at Churchill in 1769 were among the first attempts to determine the actual size of the solar system and thereby help confirm Newton's new theories of gravity.
"The Great Frost" - 1683 painting of the River Thames, London, England by Jan Griffier the Elder.
4 - Historical Climatology:
In this presentation, Dr. Ball discusses how climate is reconstructed from historic records. He then describes the relationship between climate and history demonstrating how one must understand how climate changed over time to properly comprehend history.
5 - The history of The Hudson’s Bay Company:
Now in its 341st year, the Hudson’s Bay Company once controlled 1/12th of our planet’s land surface. The records they kept are now stored in Winnipeg in one of the world’s great archives - a record officially recognized as a UNESCO "Memories of the World" treasure. Besides an amazing 11,000 maps, this archive includes priceless climate records that are crucially important to today’s global warming debate.
6 - Climate and Art:
Different sequences of paintings that capture climate and climate change through history, There a few different topics covered including evidence of the Little Ice Age and the changing atmospherics recorded by the changing light that influenced Impressionism.
"...many thanks to Dr. Tim for an excellent address to the Brentwood Probus meeting on Tuesday last. At the end I don't believe there were many man-made global warmers in the room."
Dr. Timothy Ball is a renowned environmental consultant and award-winning former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he founded and directed the Rupertsland Research Centre. With a doctorate in climatology from the University of London, Queen Mary College, England, Dr. Ball’s comprehensive background in the field includes a strong focus on the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition.
Dr. Ball is a leader in the current global warming debate and appears regularly as a guest on radio and television across Canada and the United States. He is also published frequently in leading newspapers and magazines. A measure of Dr. Ball’s impact was seen recently when, after one of his pieces was featured on the Drudge Report, a leading on-line news service resource, he received approximately 1,000 e-mails from the general public during the next 24 hours, 90% of which were supportive. Dr. Ball personally responded to over 500 of these, providing respondents with information as requested.
Dr. Ball delivers the keynote speech at the CRM annual meeting.
Dr. Ball’s public presentations – approaching 1,000 in the past fifteen years – have been enthusiastically received by professional societies, business conferences, public forums and a wide variety of public, private and non-profit organizations. His entertaining, yet solidly science-based description of the current climate change controversy has resulted in him being a much sought after speaker continent-wide. Recognizing the different knowledge-levels and interests of particular audiences, Dr. Ball specially tunes his talks to appeal to listeners and, as a consequence, is a regular repeat presenter for many groups.
Dr. Ball’s compelling presentation style and scientific expertise has resulted in his inclusion as a scientific advisor and lead participant in a number of made-for-TV climate change videos, The Great Global Warming Swindle shown on TV4 in the U.K. in 2008 being a prominent example.
Dr. Ball on the Micheal Coren Show, CTSToronto - February 2, 2010
Throughout his career, Dr. Ball has been heavily involved in local, provincial and national committees related to climate, water resources and hazardous waste. He has also worked intensively in such areas as sustainable development, pollution prevention, environmental regulations and the impact of government policy on business and economics. Dr. Ball has written widely about agriculture - a large report for the Potato and Vegetable Growers Association on the accuracy of climate forecasts and a synopsis of current and future growing conditions, being a prime example.
He is also a regular contributing columnist to Country Guide magazine where he writes their “Weather Talk” column, samples of which are included below. Dr. Ball has been heavily involved in education at all levels, kindergarten to seniors. He has acted as a motivational speaker for teachers, served on committees for curriculum development, and is a board member of Agriculture in the Classroom (British Columbia).
Dr. Ball is a researcher/author of scientific papers on a range of environmental issues including (December 06) co-authoring a paper for the scientific journal, Ecological Complexity, entitled Polar bears of western Hudson Bay and climate change: Are warming spring air temperatures the “ultimate” survival control factor? He is also co-author of the book Eighteenth Century Naturalists of Hudson Bay (2004 - McGill/Queens University Press) with Dr. Stuart Houston, one of the World’s leading authorities on arctic birds.
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