IMAS/CMS special online webinar series
9.10am - 10am every morning Monday 11th December to Friday 15th
Australia's southeast is currently up to 4 degrees warmer than expected, with a projected marine heatwave that is expected to be off the scale, raising the prospect of significant impacts to conservation, fishing and aquaculture. This necessitates extensive climate-related communications and sharing of knowledge from (and among) industry, government, researchers, NGO’s and others. Whilst communication is necessary, it unfortunately also raises legitimate concerns regarding increasing anxiety of individuals. Current research suggests that communication regarding climate extreme events needs to include examples of tangible actions that people can do that are constructive and helpful – this can help people feel like they have a degree of agency and are empowered.
Format: Short 5-15 min synthesis talks followed by Q & A facilitated by a Chair
Audience: Resource managers, NGO’s, industry groups, tourism operators, marine students, recreational users and all researchers working in the broader marine sector.
Intention: Share knowledge to raise awareness of current and projected marine conditions among the marine community, and actions underway to support preparedness in light of the projected heatwave. Engage in thinking and information sharing to support adaptation and the harnessing of opportunities to maximise information generation to facilitate future heatwave responses. Each session will end by highlighting things we can do to either minimise harm or facilitate learning that might better support our responses to future warming or heatwave-related events.
Monday 11th December: Hot seas ahead: current and projected ocean and coastal conditions for Tasmania
Ocean and coastal changes and future projections - Chaired by Prof Mary-Anne Lea
Tuesday 12th December: Turning up the temperature - impacts on the ecosystem
Biological & ecological changes associated with warming & heatwaves – Chaired by Assoc Prof Kerrie Swadling
Wednesday 13th December: From the ocean to the plate - impacts & hot tips for seafood
Implications for fisheries & aquaculture – Chaired by Dr Katie Creswell
Thursday 14th December: Heatwave help - what action is happening & what else can we do?
Risks and hazards, preparedness – Chaired by Dr Emily Ogier
Friday 15th December: Communicating climate with authenticity to drive action (& minimise anxiety!)
What to communicate and how - Chaired by Prof Gretta Pecl