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April 15, 2014

Climate Futures at Macquarie host Resilience: Communication and Collaboration Workshop

June, 2013

The Bio-diversity node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub launched.

January 1, 2012

Professor Lesley Hughes and Dr Peter Rogers become Co-directors of Climate Futures at Macquarie

March 20, 2011

Professor Lesley Hughes and Dr Erika Techera become Co-directors of Climate Futures at Macquarie

March 11, 2011

Climate Commission says it's tough explaining science on AM with Tony Eastley

March 9, 2011

Dr Leanne Armand announced the opening of registrations for the Polar Marine Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop (4-8th July, 2011) at Macquarie University.  She describes it as ‘a great training and networking workshop that both experienced and student researchers should attend’.

February 10, 2011

Professor Lesley Hughes, member of Climate Futures, was appointed advisor on the Climate Commission.

September 30, 2010

Director of Climate Futures, Associate Professor Ian Goodwin was recently featured in Catalyst 10th Anniversary Special airing on ABC. 

September 16, 2010

NSW Scientist of the Year Award. Dr Melaine Bishop, member of Climate Futures, was awarded NSW Scientist of the Year in the category of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

August 16, 2010

The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers. The Australian Academy of Science has released one of the clearest statements on climate change yet produced. Based on a series of key questions, the publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in climate science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist.

August 5, 2010

Current models could be underestimating future warming. Professor Sandy Harrison, member of Climate Futures, has published a paper on "Terrestrial biogeochemical feedbacks in the climate system"

June 25, 2010

Sorting out the Spin and Confusion of Climate Change . International expert, Professor Stephen Schneider, will examine the difficulties in tackling climate change policies in light of significant uncertainties.

March 1, 2010

New Science Communication Program . Professor Tim Flannery and Dr Catherine Simpson, both members of Climate Futures, are conducting lectures and tutorials in Science Communication.

February 5, 2010

Researchers call for a new approach to disaster preparedness and recovery.  Dr Frank Tomalla, member of Climate Futures, examines new approaches to natural disasters.

January 20, 2010

The Director of Climate Futures at Macquarie, Associate Professor Ian Goodwin, was interviewed by The Age during his recent expedition to ice core a palaeoclimate record from Mill Island Antartica .

November 25, 2009

The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report . A group of 26 international climate scientists release a new report synthesizing the latest climate research to emerge since the last IPCC Assessment Report of 2007.

August 19, 2009

Climate Risk CoRE member wins Eureka Prize for Medical Research.

Dr. Paul Beggs from the Department of Environment and Geography won the $10,000 OSMR Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research for his work exploring the relationship between climate change, asthma and allergies.

Events

Climate Futures aims to be a nationally recognised portal for translation and communication of climate change research. To achieve our goals, Climate Futures runs a number of activities to engage academia, industry, government and the public.

Seminar Series

Climate Futures at Macquarie runs a monthly seminar to communicate important climate change research to a wide audience.

2014

Nov 2014

THE ADAPTIVE COMMUNITIES NODE - NSW ADAPTATION RESEARCH HUB

Brent Jacobs
Oct 2014

THE INS AND OUTS OF INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION CONSULTANCY

Dr Peter Smith
Sep 8 2014

NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY NETWORK

Gareth Johnston, NEEN          
Aug 12 2014

TIPPING POINTS: DETECTION AND NAVIGATION IN THEORETICAL MODELS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Dr Michael Harré, Sydney University

This talk is based on two recent articles in which my collaborators and I have argued that there are sound theoretical reasons to believe there are general techniques for detecting tipping points and nudging system parameters in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of a system's collapse. These results will be discussed in terms of recent reviews of the different types of tipping points that have been proposed in climate models.
Jul 29 2014

SEMINAR CANCELLED

Dr Gareth Edwards, University of East Anglia
Jun 3 2014

THE INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL DRIVERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT FOR GREEN WALLS AND GREEN ROOFS

Lucy Sharman, City of Sydney

In April the City of Sydney adopted their Green Roofs and Walls Policy – the first of its kind in Australia.  Lucy will discuss the international and local drivers that led to the development of the City’s policy and how the City is integrating not only green roofs, but green infrastructure into city planning. Lucy will also present an overview of current research on the benefits of green roofs and the gaps in local research that are impacting on the uptake of green roofs.

2013

Aug 21 2013

ADVENTURES WITH THE CLIMATE COMMISSION; WHAT DO AUSTRALIAN'S THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

Prof. Lesley Hughes

Jul 23 2013

WHAT ROLE SHOULD DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT PLAY IN PREVENTING GLOBAL CLIMATE DESTABILISATION?

Dr Adam Lucus

For more than four decades, debate has raged within the international environmental movement about the best strategies for minimising the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialisation. Throughout this debate, the relationship between democratic forms of governance and technological development in contributing to, exacerbating or ameliorating the social inequalities and environmental destruction wrought by modern industrial activities has been a focus of controversy.

Jul 9 2013

ENERGY DESCENT SCENARIOS; INTEGRATING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, PEAK OIL & BUBBLE ECONOMICS

David Holmgren

The impacts of Climate Change, Peak Oil and Bubble Economics are shifting from speculation and forecasting to documentation and response even before there is any consensus that that these will be critical drivers in emergent futures.  However most of the discussion and strategic responses tend to be in isolation from each other let alone the myriad of compounding factors that reflect the Limits To Growth thesis 40 years ago.

Jun 11 2013

AUSTRALIA'S CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY DILEMA - THE CASE FOR EMERGENCY ACTION

Ian Dunlop

Australia is currently living in a 'Fool's Paradise', ignoring the most critical issues which will impact upon this country in both the short and long term. Weighty reports are being published on the 'official' future of Australia. Scenarios abound, setting out the implications of differing assumptions for the future of our children and grandchildren. All of which would be laudable were it not for the fact that the critical scenario, of accelerating climate change and energy scarcity, particularly peak oil, is deliberately ignored - apparently too scary for 'political realism' to contemplate.

Mar 13 2013

CAN A COLLAPSE OF GLOBAL CIVILISATION BE AVOIDED?

Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich

The seminar will consist of a short presentation given by Professor Paul Ehrlich based on his recent paper Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? and will be followed by an extended interactive Q&A session with the audience.

2012

Sep 11 2012

GHG EMISSION REDUCTION AND GREEN TRANSITION IN CHINA: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF INDUSTRIAL RESTRUCTURING

Prof. Yang Danhui

Over the past thirty years, China has made great achievements in economic growth and become the so-called “world factory”. However, China’s speedy industrialization has been undertaking an extensive path with enlarging energy consumption, severe environmental damage and increasing carbon emission. Currently, the industrial sector is still the main source of carbon emission in China, which accounts for the total amount of carbon emission up to 70%.             

Aug 21 2012

MOVING SYDNEY TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE LOW CARBON FUTURE

Allan Jones

This presentation summarises a practical strategy for a sustainable energy society deriving its initial energy needs from low carbon energy resources whilst at the same time establishing a decentralised energy, water and waste infrastructure to enable future energy and water needs to be derived from wholly renewable resources within the Sustainable Sydney 2030 timescale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030. These concepts can be applied to any community in the Australia or indeed in the world.

June 5 2012

FOOD SECURITY

Rade Musulin

Few residents of developed countries pay much attention to the issue of food security, as modern agriculture produces cheap and plentiful food. However, in many developing countries people spend a large proportion of their income on food, and price shocks in key commodities like wheat can trigger massive social unrest. Demographic trends are placing significant pressure on food supplies globally, and government policies, such as shifting corn production to ethanol for motor transport, are making the situation worse.

June 4 2012

WORKING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE LIVEABLE CITIES

Dr. Tony Jackson

Scottish councils have been given statutory responsibilities for delivering some of the most challenging mitigation and adaptation targets for climate change in the world, reflecting central government’s dirigiste, top-down approach to this problem. In the United States, there is no federal mandate for tackling climate change: individual municipalities address the problem either by joining one of several voluntary initiatives or by following legislative requirements of their own State, creating an asymmetrical, bottom-up response.

Mar 27 2012

A ETYMOLOGY & GENEALOGY OF RESILIENCE: TOWARDS MITIGATION, ADAPTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Dr Peter Rogers

In recent times there has been an increase in the use of resilience as a buzz-word in a range of policy initiatives, particularly in disaster and emergency management. This paper traces the origins of the term from its etymological roots to its contemporary uses in research, showing the re-emergence of resilience as a hot policy metaphor with multiple applications. The suggestion is made that resilience is increasingly split by different applications - and not always helpfully - leading to different interpretations amongst theorists, policy makers and practitioners.

2011

Nov 25 2011

DETERMINING ROBUST IMPACTS OF LAND-USE INDUCED LAND-COVER CHANGES ON SURFACE CLIMATE OVER NORTH AMERICA AND EURASIA; RESULTS FROM THE FIRST SET OF LUCID EXPERIMENTS

Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré

The project “Land-Use and Climate, IDentification of robust impacts (LUCID)” was initiated to address the robustness of possible biogeophysical impacts of land-use induced land cover changes (LULCC). LUCCID used seven coupled atmosphere-land models with a common experimental design to explore those impacts of LULCC that are robust. The biogeophysical impacts of LULCC were also compared to the impact of elevated greenhouse gases and resulting changes in sea-surface temperatures and sea-ice extent.

Nov 15 2011

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE: UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS

Dr Nicky Morrison

The housing sector can play a vital role in climate change mitigation through existing households reducing their energy consumption patterns as well as adopting energy efficiency measures in their homes. Yet the scope for making such energy efficiency gains is dependent upon the capacity and willingness of households to act. Traditionally, the approach used to motivate households has centred on prompting individual household behaviour, particularly through information campaigns.

Oct 25 2011

ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND AUSTRALIAN  WATER ACCOUNTING STANDARDS - CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE TRENDS

James Hazelton

Environmental accounting is an increasingly mainstream area of research. This presentation provides a brief overview of some of the main trends in environmental accounting with the objective of enabling researchers working in related fields to both benefit from and contribute to the work done in this area. In particular the presentation will focus on recent developments in the area of water accounting, where the development of a National Water Account and water accounting standards have placed Australia in a leadership position.

Sep 29 2011

MACROECONOMICS VS ENVIRONMENTAL MACROECONOMICS - Implications for Climate Policy

Professor Dodo Thampapillai

When environmental macroeconomic frameworks replace standard macroeconomic frameworks differences in policy outcomes ensue. The non-recognition of real environmental capacity constraints could explain the inability of standard frameworks to deliver on climate change related goals. In this paper, environmental capital depreciation is internalized into analytic frameworks of factor-utilization, aggregate demand and aggregate supply. The analyses reveal that restricted income and wage domains alongside limited environmental capacity constrain economic performance.

Sep 13 2011

QUANTIFYING ENSO, ENSO TELECONNECTION PATTERNS, AND WESTERN UNITED STATES EXTREME PRECIPITATION EVENTS USISNG COMMUNITY EARTH SYSTEM MODEL

Michael J. DeFlorio, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sep 6 2011

BLUE CARBON: THE ROLE OF COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION

Anissa Lawrence, Director of Tierra Mar Consulting

Coastal ecosystems, in particular seagrasses, tidal salt marshes and mangroves are known as blue carbon sinks and sequester and store carbon from the atmosphere at rates of up to 5 times those of tropical forests. The Asia Pacific region, in particular the Coral Triangle region of South East Asia, contains the majority of the world’s mangroves and seagrass and there is growing interest in the role of these ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across the region.

Aug 30 2011

CLIMATE FUTURES AND CORAL REEFS: ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES AND REEF RESILIENCE IN INDONESIA, JAMAICA AND BELIZE

Professor M.J.C Crabbe

Knowledge of factors that are important in reef resilience helps us understand how reefs react following major environmental disturbances such as hurricanes and bleaching. The talk will cover fringing reefs in Indonesia and Jamaica, and barrier reefs off the coast of Belize. Here we identify factors which may have helped in the recovery of corals on the North coast of Jamaica since the 2005 Caribbean-wide mass bleaching event.

Jun 20 2011

THE HISTORY OF FIRE: LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE

Professor Sandy P. Harrison

The interactions between climate, vegetation, fire regimes and people are complex. The direct observational record is short and does not encompass the climate or environmental changes of the magnitude expected to occur over the 21st century. Recalcitrant charcoal, preserved in anoxic lake or bog sediments, provides regionally-resolved records of changing fire regimes on decadal/centennial, millennial and glacial-interglacial timescales. The Global Palaeofire Working Group (GPWG) has compiled charcoal records from several hundred sites across the globe.

May 16 2011

HIGH LATITUDE/COLD CLIMATE DUST EVENTS IN SOUTHERN ICELAND

Dr Joanna Bullard

Mineral dust aerosols play an important role in the earth-atmosphere-ocean system and can impact soils, regional and global climate, and marine productivity.  Most research has concentrated on prominent dust sources in the subtropics however significant dust events also occur in higher latitudes, particularly in proglacial and paraglacial regions.  This seminar focuses on dust events in southern Iceland, and their spatial and temporal relationships with climate, sediment supply and glacier dynamics.

Apr 7 2011

EMBRACING CHANGE: EXPLORING IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS

Dr. Beth Fulton

Understanding is a key component of successful management. The competing demands on marine systems and their changing nature can make them a management challenge – both uncertain and complex. Models can help simplify the task by providing tools for system understanding and for exploring alternative management options. In particular, models can get beyond direct impacts to explore the (often crucial) role of indirect effects and trade-offs between system components and objectives of different user groups.

Mar 18 2011

THE SHIFT IN STATE OF THE ATMOSPHERE

Dr. Andrew Glikson

Long term gradual and protracted shifts in the state of the atmosphere/ocean/cryosphere system through the Cainozoic (65-0 Ma) include the decline of global temperatures through the Eocene (50-34 Ma), warm periods in the late Oligocene (21 Ma), mid-Miocene (~16 Ma) and mid-Pliocene (3 Ma), followed by a descent to Pleistocene (<1.8 Ma) glacial-interglacial cycles.  These changes have been perturbed by abrupt climate shifts associated with methane eruption at ~55 Ma (CO2 increase at 0.4 ppm/year), a major asteroid cluster at ~35 Ma, abrupt cooling and formation of the Antarctic ice sheet at ~34 Ma, volcanic eruptions (cf. Toba, 71 Kyr) and glacial terminations (410, 320, 230, 140, 14-10 Kyr).

2010

Nov 12 2010

LOCAL ADAPTATION AS A CONSTRAINT ON SPECIES' RANGE CHANGE UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE

Associate Professor Jessica Hellmann

We know that many species changed their geographic ranges in response to past climatic change, but we know very little about the factors that affected that process. We also know very little about rarer species that may not have shifted at all. Where species do not shift or shift slowly, population declines or species extinction may occur, presenting a significant conservation dilemma. Using experiments with insects and plants, I show how local adaptation, dispersal, and specialization may slow or prevent geographic range shifts under human-caused climate change.

Oct 11 2010

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LEGAL FRAMEWORKS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS

Patricia Blazey

The introduction of an international regulatory framework to stop current levels of deforestation in order to protect existing world forests, their biodiversity and the fostering of carbon sinks would be a major achievement for the United Nations in 2011 when the ‘Year of the Forest’ takes place.

Sep 13 2010

CATASTROPHIC RISKS AND OPTIMAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION STRATEGIES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

Associate Professor Stefan Trueck

This paper presents a new approach that can be used for quantifying catastrophic risks and optimal adaptation strategies for local governments. It is particularly designed to incorporate localized information and projections into the estimation process to enable optimal environmental decision-making at the regional level. We suggest estimating the parameters of the distribution by combining historical data with expert opinions using Bayesian inference models, see e.g. Berger (1999) or Gelman et al (2003).

Aug 16 2010

LAND USE FUTURES - MAKING THE MOST OF THE LAND IN THE 21st CENTURY

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones

This presentation considers the results of the UK Government's  foresight programme Land Use Futures project report, published in February 2010 of which the speaker was the lead expert and a co-author. The Land Use Futures project aimed to help policy makers understand whether existing land use patterns and practices are fit for the future and what actions
should be taken to ensure that land continues to be able to support life and deliver well-being.

Aug 9 2010

WHAT, WHERE, WHEN: SPECIES RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Dr Linda Beaumont

The last few decades has seen the accumulation of a substantial body of observational evidence documenting the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the biosphere. From shifts in range margins and the timing of life cycle events through to changes at a genetic level, species have clearly responded to this relatively small change in climate. My talk provides a whirlwind tour of the accumulation of this evidence, with particular focus on migratory birds, a group with one of the strongest fingerprints of change.

July 13 2010

ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN URBAN REGIONS - RESULTS FROM FIVE CASE STUDIES IN EUROPE

Dr Torsten Grothmann

Based on five case studies in urban regions in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany the presentation develops governance recommendations for adaptation to climate change in urban regions. These recommendations focus on the social dimensions of governance and conceptualize adaptation governance as processes of social learning, cooperation and communication.

May 4 2010

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND SOCIAL VULNERABILITY TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND RISKS?

Dr Frank Thomalla

In this seminar Dr. Frank Thomalla will explore vulnerability theory and demonstrate its application in the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-4) Chapter 7 Vulnerability of Human-environment Systems: Challenges and Opportunities, published by UNEP in 2007.

Mar 22 2010

CLIMATE CHANGE, NATURAL CATASTROPHES AND DISASTER LOSSES

Professor John McAneney

Globally, economic and insured losses from natural disasters are increasing dramatically. This presentation will summarise results from recent studies undertaken both at Risk Frontiers and internationally to understand the causes underlying this increase, including the possible role of anthropogenic climate change.

The Roundtable Discussion Sessions

These sessions have been developed to provide a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with our distinguished guests. The aim is to provide active and engaging discussion on a variety of climate-related issues. We encourage all postgraduates and academics from across Macquarie to attend.

The discussion session run for 1 hour and refreshments are provided.

Sessions

July 23 2013

The International And Local Drivers For The Development For Green Walls And Green Roofs

Lucy Sharman

July 23 2013

What Role Should Democracy And Technological Development Play In Preventing Global Climate Destabilization?

Dr Adam Lucas

July 9 2013

Energy Descent Scenarios; integrating impacts of Climate Change, Peak Oil & Bubble Economics

David Holmgren

June 11 2013

Australia's Climate Change and Energy Dilema

Ian Dunlop

June 5 2012

Food Security

Mr Rade Musulin - Chief Operating Officer of Aon Benfield Analytics Asia Pacific

June 4 2012

Healthy Cities ‘Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities’

Mr Anthony Jackson - University of Dundee, Scotland

Research theme workshops

In 2012, the advisory panel of Climates Futures was remodelled into a series of forums and workshops. Our aim is to better engage with existing and potential partner organisations around our five research themes. The outreach and engagement forums will showcase some of the current research at Climate Futures, but it will also give your organisation the opportunity to:

  • showcase some of your own work,
  • see what others are doing,
  • build closer relationships with existing or potential partner agencies at local and regional levels,
  • meet like-minded people to enhance your networks,
  • highlight your existing, emerging or future needs in developing research and evidence

The workshops are built around a common theme, but discussion is not restricted to that theme. We aim to create an open forum to enhance partnership-driven research, multi-agency cooperation and the development of evidence-based institutional policy and planning.

To receive email updates on Climate Futures, events please contact us by email leigh.staas@mq.edu.au

Workshops

 April 15 2014

Resilience: Communication and Collaboration Workshop

Dr Peter Rogers

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Aug 30 2013

Five Minute Forum

Professor Lesely Hughes and Dr Peter Rogers

Climate Futures ran a series of workshops that were aimed at strengthening partnerships and identifying research gaps. This year we want to extend the conversation to develop strategic collaborations based on the National Research Investment Plan with the view to applying for ARC Linkage Grants in November 2013 and beyond.

Dec 4 2012

Green Roofs, Green walls, Green cities: the adaptive potential of green infrastructure in the city

Professor Lesely Hughes and Dr Marco Amati 

The aim of this workshop is to provoke discussion between researchers and stakeholders in industry, local councils, consultants, NGOs and others on the role that green infrastructure can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Nov 22 2012

Priorities for biodiversity adaptation to climate change

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet (OEH) with assistance from the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Climate Futures at Macquarie University and Great Eastern Ranges Initiative 

The workshop is intended to bring together researchers and land managers to build on available knowledge concerning predicted climate change effects on biodiversity and biodiversity threats to begin to define the needs, priorities and common ground for responses by conservation managers and researchers. 

Nov 6 2012

Resilient Partnerships Workshop: Communicating for Successful Community Collaborations Workshop

Climate Futures and Societal Security Initiative

The workshop aims to not only identify the challenges in building community resilience and communicating approaches, but also to share and enhance effective approaches that can be implemented in communities across Australia. Each speaker will be invited to discuss their experiences and to give their perspective on what is required for successful community collaboration.

Sep 6 2012

Climate change adaptation decisions: New research and tools

Climate Futures and NCCARF 

This event will discuss information vital for making decisions that account for climate change in Australia. 

August 8 2012

Building Resilient Communities’ Engagement and Shared Responsibility' Workshop

Climate Futures and Societal Security Initiative

The Institutions, Policy and Planning (IPP) at Climate Futures at Macquarie in partnership with the Risk Response and Resilience group at the Societal Security Initiative invite you to participate in our 'Building Resilient Communities’ Engagement and Shared Responsibility' Workshop.This outreach and engagement forum will showcase some of the current research at Climate Futures

May 14 2012

Science Communication Seminar & Workshop

Dr Randy Olson

The S Factor: Filmmaking for scientists (10.00am - 12.00pm) In this session Randy Olson will discuss science’s crimes against communication, including his own! Using his ‘Four organs of mass communication’ theory, Olson will demonstrate the importance of getting out of your head and into your ‘heart’ and ‘gut’ in order to communicate important environmental issues. He will also show a selection of short films to explain the importance and power of storytelling. If you’ve made a film, please send us the link (under 5 minutes). 

Storyomics: Communicating in the Blink of an Eye (limit to 25 participants) In our second session, Randy Olson will present an overview of the basic principles of communication focusing on the ‘elevator pitch’, storytelling techniques & other rapid communication strategies. Using 3 simple words: ‘and … but … and therefore’ you will have the opportunity to distil your science research into a 30 second spiel and establish: “Who is your target audience?”,  “Why is your communication important?” and “What is at stake?”

July 25 2011

Marine and Coastal Impacts and Adaptation Workshop

Associate Professor Ian Goodwin, Dr Erika Techera & Dr Melanine Bishop 

The Marine and Coastal Impacts and Adaptation Research Theme bring together those working on issues such as coastal, estuarine and shelf geoscience, coastal and marine climate risk, global and local change on coastal biodiversity, the safeguarding and sustainable utilisation of bio-cultural heritage and legal strategies for marine environmental governance.

This will be the first in a series of Climate Futures workshops. The objective of each workshop is to focus on developing long-term, high quality research projects.

July 4 - 8 2011

3rd Polar Marine Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop

Dr Leanne Armand

The Polar Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop (PDTEW) will provide the international community of polar diatom specialists and students with an opportunity to interact and discuss topical issues and new results that bear on recent and future research activities in the Polar regions. Traditionally, this community has met biennially to exchange data, discuss taxonomic issues toward standardization of terminology and identifications, and provide a venue where students can interact and receive training and advice from leaders in the field.

Sep 9 2010

Research Discussion and Grant Development Group - Geoengineering

A/Professor Ian Goodwin

This group will examine (i) impact assessment on the Australian climate, environment and society; and (ii) investigate national and international governance to prevent or control any geoengineering proposals.

Sep 3 2010

Research Discussion and Grant Development Group - Coastal Zones and Climate Change

Dr. Melanie Bishop

This group will examine the social, legal, planning, physical and biological issues of coastal squeeze: sea-level rise impacts on the coast, estuaries and coastal lowlands.

Sep 2 2010

Research Discussion and Grant Development Group - Climate Change Impacts on Bio-cultural Heritage

Dr. Linda Beaumont

This group will examine the biophysical, social, economic, legal and governance aspects of Climate Change and Bio-cultural Heritage: impacts on indigenous food source supply and conservation (including fisheries) in the Australasian region.

July 30 2010

Climate Futures Five Minute Forum

Climate Futures members and postgraduate students

The forum is an opportunity for Climate Futures to showcase the unique range of climate-related expertise of our members. This will be a fast paced, dynamic introduction to the current research and areas of interest of our members. Our overall aim is to build capacity within our research centre and we ask that all members and their postgraduate students participate.

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