IPCC Special Report: Climate change, the ocean and ice & snow-covered regions

Presented by ANU College of Science

Overview of IPCC Special Report on impacts of climate change on ocean and snow & ice covered regions of the world & adaptation options

On September 25th 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release their Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

The cryosphere refers to land that is covered by snow and ice, holding over two-thirds of our freshwater. Meanwhile, the ocean covers about 70% of the earth's surface and holds 97% of our water. Together, the ocean and cryosphere play a vital role in supporting life on earth.

This public lecture will discuss the main findings of the report and its implications for Australia and the world. This will encompass the latest science on the impacts of climate change on ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems and people all over the world. It will also explore options for coastal and other communities to adapt to our changing climate.

Associate Professor Nerilie Abram is a Convening Lead Author of the report. She will give a presentation of the key findings, followed by an audience Q&A session.

Associate Professor Nerilie Abram is based at the Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU. Nerilie's research goals are to build the knowledge of how the Earth's climate has behaved in the past, and how its climate systems are now changing with anthropogenic greenhouse warming. Her research involves using tropical coral reef and cave samples and polar ice cores to reconstruct past climates across a range of environments and time periods. She is also a Chief Investigator for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.