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From Sky to Sea: Bushfires, the atmosphere and the marine environment

Time: Tuesday, 18 August 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Online

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An annual public lecture and panel discussion jointly presented by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Australian Marine Science Association as part of National Science Week.

Paul Fox-Hughes is a researcher working in the Bureau of Meteorology mostly on the interactions of fire and weather, after spending two decades as a severe weather forecaster. Paul will talk about how the weather influences fire, how fires can affect the weather, and what changes we might expect to these in the future.

Pete Strutton is a biological oceanographer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. He uses satellites, ship-based data and autonomous ocean observing platforms to investigate the influence of climate variability and eddies on ocean productivity. In this presentation, Pete will discuss how dust and bushfire smoke deposited in the ocean can stimulate plankton growth.

Catriona MacLeod is head of the Ecology & Biodiversity Centre at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She has more than 25 years’ experience in environmental impact assessment, system-wide interactions and natural resource management, particularly as they relate to multiple use management in marine and coastal ecosystems. She has a long-standing commitment to community engagement and improving science communication, and as such is a keen supporter of Science Week and the opportunity it provides to bring a whole range of fascinating topics and ideas to the public.

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is one of Australia's oldest marine science professional organisations and for over 50 years has promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia. AMSA is dedicated to communication among professionals working in all fields of marine science, and the dissemination of knowledge about the marine environment to the wider public.

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is an independent Australian society that supports and fosters interest in meteorology, oceanography and other related sciences, by providing a forum for people with a common interest, and by publishing relevant material. The Society helps all those with an interest in the environment including research workers and professionals, those whose work is affected by, and affects, the atmosphere and oceans, and those who simply want to keep up with new findings.

Tags: Bushfires, Water, Environment, Climate Emergency