Climate change & the ocean: what’s happening, why will there be conflict & what can we do about the confusion?
9 April 2019
Tuesday, 9 April
5.30pm - 6.00pm (networking)
6.00pm - 7.00pm (presentation)
Gretta’s talk will cover issues relating to climate change and the ocean of a global nature, and draw on examples from local Tasmania as well as the Arctic. Climate change, although scientifically certain, is still a topic of hot debate within the public. Yet, the changes already documented in the world’s oceans are (historically speaking) enormous. As the oceans warm, species are shifting where they live to keep pace with their preferred temperatures. These changes are occurring all over the world – between 25-85% of species are already shifting - we are literally living through a massive climate-driven redistribution of life on earth. Critically, as species shift they are moving out of some jurisdictions and into others leading to conflict and to changes in the distribution of ‘winners and losers’ in terms of who can access resources. People around the world depend on the species around them for many reasons, for culture, food, and income for example. Moreover, some of the largest changes are occurring in the territories of Indigenous People’s (eg the Arctic) causing extreme distress.
About the presenter
Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology with broad interdisciplinary research interests and a passion for science engagement and communication with the public. Much of her current research centres around understanding climate change impacts in marine systems, and how our marine industries and communities may best adapt to these changes. She developed and leads the very successful National citizen science project Redmap Australia, the Range Extension Database and mapping project, which invites fishers and divers around our coastline to help monitor changes in our seas (www.redmap.org.au). Gretta is also currently working with international colleagues on a Global Network of Marine Hotspots to facilitate learning and communication among the world’s most rapidly warming ocean regions. She is also a Lead Author for the Australasia chapter of the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Professor Pecl is a Fulbright Fellow, an ARC future fellow, a University of Tasmania ‘Rising Star’ and the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.