GREENHOUSE 09: new Australian climate change challenges

More than 500 delegates representing science, government, industry and the community will share knowledge across key themes from future climate, oceans, greenhouse gases, managing climate and water, energy, agriculture and seasonal climate variability.

Presentations at the conference will help to forge new directions in strategies to mitigate carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

Conference convenor and CSIRO’s manager for the Australian Climate Change Science Program, Paul Holper, said the four-day conference (23-26 March) will centre on science and reports related to climate change impacts, engagement between communities and industry on mitigation, and options for adaptation to a changing climate.

“Interest in longer term climate change and short-term seasonal shifts is especially high in the community. This conference highlights progress in the science supporting government and industry decision-making,” Mr Holper says.

Keynote speakers include: author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review, Professor Ross Garnaut; CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark; the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Colin Barnett; Dr Michael McPhadden, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and, Dr Guy Midgley, South African National Biodiversity Institute. The conference will feature panel sessions, presentations and scientific posters, with 21 trade exhibitors.

Associated with GREENHOUSE 2009 are the international World Climate Research Programme workshop on El Niño and climate change and the Australian Science Communicators symposium – Communicating The Science Of Climate.

Related events in Perth during the week of the conference include:

  • Climate 21: Understanding Climate Change and How to Manage It, hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA on Friday 27 March.
  • The WA Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), CSIRO and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) are hosting 'A changing climate: Western Australia in focus' on Friday 27 March.
  • The World Climate Research Programme’s Pacific Panel Meeting on climate variability will be held from 27-28 March.

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