Systems Engineering and Climate Change

The aim of this talk is to trigger some discussion of how systems engineering approaches may be applied to emerging environmental challenges. While I am not an expert on this topic, I do see it as an important direction for RSEEME. I begin by discussing historical data concerning CO2 concentration, temperature, sea levels, and ice sheets. I discuss fundamental uncertainties, both looking backwards and forwards, concerning extrapolation of data. On a long time scale, one can view anthropogenic CO2 release as an impulse. Assuming the Earth's climate is a dynamical system, I consider the influence of the CO2 impulse on a range of simple and complex models. I also discuss the application of optimisation to determine efficient and effective mitigation strategies using integrated dynamical models that incorporate directly the impact of economic activity.


Matt James is Professor of Quantum Cybernetics in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. He is well known for his pioneering research in the emerging field of quantum control, and his contributions to nonlinear, robust and stochastic control theory. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has held an ARC Professorial Fellowship. He has served as Head, Deputy Dean, and Deputy Director.

Date & time

2–3pm 27 Sep 2019


Room:Engineering Theatre

Internal speakers

Professor Matt James


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