“Australia’s big challenges – on the role of Geosciences”
Australia is a large and sparsely populated country shaped by its geology and geography. Ensuring the future prosperity and security of Australia relies on having cutting edge knowledge and capability in the Geosciences. Geosciences can and does contribute to six major challenges and priorities identified by the Australian government. These are: building Australia’s resource wealth, securing Australia’s water resources, providing fundamental geographic information, maintaining Australia’s geoscience knowledge and capability, managing Australia’s marine jurisdiction and ensuring Australia’s community safety to natural hazards. These priorities were outlined by Geoscience Australia in 2014 and are available here: http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/australias-big-challenges-the-role-of-geoscience
In this Special Lecture Series, a range of experts from within the School of Geosciences explore and unpack these Geoscience priorities.
All lectures will occur between 2 – 3pm on Tuesdays. Venue: Madsen Room 331, Madsen Building, The University of Sydney.
|March 14 2017||
Maintaining Australia's geoscience knowledge and capacity
Many areas of our lives are intertwined with geoscience – this includes the energy used to fuel our vehicles and homes, the natural disasters that dominate the evening news, as well as the dependence of our daily lives on weather forecasting or the precious metals used in electronic devices. The importance of geological and climatological phenomena for life on Earth means that geoscience can contribute significantly to our nation’s security and prosperity, as well as that of the rest of the world. The changing face of Earth science, driven by the advent of completely new ways of collecting and analysing large and complex, multi-disciplinary data, opens enormous opportunities not only to maintain Australia’s geoscience knowledge and capability, but to expand it significantly.
|Professor Dietmar Muller||
Dietmar Müller leads the EarthByte eResearch group, pursuing open innovation via collaborative software development, high performance computing and "big data" analysis. His group, funded by a "Big Data Knowledge Discovery" and other grants, is developing a prototype for a Virtual Geological Observatory built around the GPlates software, assimilating the wealth of disparate geological and geophysical data into a 4D Earth model.
|Madsen Room 331||2-3PM|
|March 28 2017||
Providing fundamental geographic information: the role of geoscience to address challenges identified in the Australia 2016 State of Environment Report
The Australian government and the private sector concur on the significant role of fundamental geographic information in building more resilient communities, better responding to natural hazards, improving decisions on natural resource management, and sustainable land use planning that support a more sustainable pathway of development.
• the role geoscience can play in provisioning data and information for monitoring, and for advancing Australia’s international agreements (Sustainable Development Goals)
|Professor Graciela Metternicht||
Graciela Metternicht is a Professor of Environmental Geography in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales Australia. She is a member of the Science Policy Interface of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council, and the Assessment Methodology Group of the 6th Global Environment Outlook.
|Madsen Room 331||2-3PM|
|April 11 2017||
The times they are a-changin': geoscientists’ roles and responsibilities for community safety
Geoscientists play an instrumental role in ensuring Australia’s community safety to natural hazards through real-time monitoring and assessments. While this information is critical for the dissemination of accurate and timely early warnings, geoscientists’ responsibilities increasingly extend beyond the provision of high-quality datasets and value-added products. More and more, geoscientists are called upon as trusted experts in the communication of risk and crisis information. Drawing from Australian and international case studies, this presentation will explore geoscientists’ roles and responsibilities with respect to communicating information regarding natural hazard risks.
Deanne Bird is a geographer, with a focus on community engagement and risk communication. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science awarded by Macquarie University and the University of Iceland for her thesis entitled ‘Social dimensions of volcanic hazards, risk and emergency response procedures in southern Iceland’. After 6 years with Risk Frontiers as a Research Fellow, Deanne has returned to the University of Iceland as a Research Analyst where she is exploring human behaviour before, during and after disaster with a focus on remote communities and the tourism sector.
|Madsen Room 331||2-3PM|
|May 2 2017||Building Australia's resource wealth||Associate Professor Patrice Rey||Madsen Room 331||2-3PM|
|May 16 2017||Managing Australia's marine jurisdiction||Professor Elaine Baker||Madsen Room 331||2-3PM|
|May 30 2017||Securing Australia's water resources||Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd||Madsen Room 331||2-3PM|