An Expert Panel on Climate Change Organised by the Centre for Marine Socioecology

Published: 03/03/2022

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released the second part of its 6th Assessment Report – Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, based on the work from IPCC Working Group II.

To coincide with the release of this report, the first global update on climate change since 2014, the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) hosted an in person and online forum on Tuesday 1 March at 12:00 pm AEDT to help inform and support policy makers and those interested in how Australia can reduce its vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

The Working Group II contribution of the IPCC report assesses global and local impacts of climate change on ecosystems, biodiversity, societies, cultures and settlements. It further addresses the vulnerabilities, capabilities and limits of the natural world and societies to adapt to climate change, and informs efforts to reduce climate-associated risk. This builds on the published Working Group I contribution on the physical basis of climate change, and not-yet released Working Group III contribution on climate change mitigation.

The panel hosted by CMS included CMS Lead Authors of the IPCC assessment report and climate experts from CSIRO and IMAS, and discussed the new report findings and what they mean for Australia and Antarctica.

The panel was held in Hobart/nipaluna at the University of Tasmania on the 1st of March 2022, and was attended by approximately 200 people (in-person and online).

Topics covered included:

  • What is the IPCC and how does it work? (Prof Gretta Pecl)
  • Key findings regarding the physical science of climate change (Prof Neil Holbrook)
  • Australian seas are a barometer of climate change extremes and their impacts on marine life (Prof Philip Boyd)
  • Sensitivity of Antarctic ecosystems and consequent impacts on global systems (Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas)
  • Extreme events and climate causing change in Australian and Tasmanian socio-ecological systems (Prof Gretta Pecl)
  • Approaches for achieving climate resilient development in Australia (Dr Andrew Constable)

The event also included a tribute to UTAS IPCC Lead Author Dr Rebecca Harris who sadly passed away at the end of 2021, and a short welcome introduction by UTAS Vice Chancellor Professor Rufus Black.

Please watch the recording here (note, this is an automated webinar recording, professional video production was not available).

University of TasmaniaInstitute of Marine and Antarctic StudiesCSIRO Department of the EnvironmentGEOS
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