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GREENHOUSE 09: New Climate Change Challenges

Salinity in the Western Australian wheatbelt at Quairading, WA. Image credit - Willem van Aken, CSIRO
by Staff Writers
Perth, Australia (SPX) Feb 10, 2009
New directions in Australian climate research, strategies to adapt to a changing climate and emerging energy options will dominate discussion at Australia's leading climate change science conference - GREENHOUSE 2009 - in Perth from 23-26 March.

According to conference convenor and coordinator for the Australian Climate Change Science Program, CSIRO's Paul Holper, the event will attract some of the world's leading climate scientists, policy makers and government and industry representatives.

"There has been tremendous research progress since the launch of Australia's climate change projections in 2007," Mr Holper says.

"While interest continues to be dominated by research into the physics of the climate system, government, community and industry needs are now considerably broader especially in terms of managing the projected changes."

The conference program will cover a range of issues, from the latest Australian and international climate change science to examples of how industry and government are tackling climate change. There will also be information on approaches to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Speakers include: the author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review, Professor Ross Garnaut; the Director of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Dr Andrew Ash; the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory's senior scientist, Dr Michael McPhaden; University of Hawaii Associate Professor of Oceanography, Axel Timmerman; Assistant Secretary of the Department of Climate Change, Anthea Harris and; the head of the Department of Sustainability at Curtin University, Professor Peter Newman.

"We have been overwhelmed by the number of presentations that have been submitted for the conference," Mr Holper says. "Given the huge interest so far we anticipate that GREENHOUSE 09 will be the largest held since the series was initiated.

"Following the outstanding success of GREENHOUSE 07 in Sydney we know there is enormous value in enabling leading researchers and industry, community and government leaders, to share their knowledge on what is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing mankind. We have also had strong sponsorship support and many trade exhibiters will be attending," he says.

GREENHOUSE 09 is being organised by CSIRO in conjunction with the Australian Climate Change Science Program. Major sponsors include the Department of Climate Change, the Government of Western Australia, Land and Water Australia, New Scientist, Maunsell AECOM, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and Carbon Conscious.

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