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Climate Change Adaptation: What it means for Tasmania

Held on the 17th Aug 2022

at 6pm to

, Online

Add to Calendar 2022-08-17 18:00:00 2022-08-17 19:15:00 Australia/Sydney Climate Change Adaptation: What it means for Tasmania Join our experts as they explore climate change adaptation from the cutting-edge science to on-the-ground action. Online
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Join our experts as they explore climate change adaptation from the cutting-edge science to on-the-ground action.


  • Dr Sarah Boulter, Associate Professor of Climate Adaptation, National Environmental Science Program
  • Katrina Graham, Senior Climate Change Officer, Hobart City Council
  • Hosted by Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Patron of National Science Week Tasmania

Learn what is happening locally to adapt to the impacts of climate change and discover Tasmania’s role in broader programs like the National Environmental Science Program.  Hear advice from the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR6 report, and discover what others in the community are doing.

This forum will feature the winning videos of the TasAMSA and AMOS Science Week competition.

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas

Jess is a transdisciplinary researcher and knowledge broker.  She is a senior research scientist with CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and leads the marine social-ecological systems team in the Coasts & Oceans Research Program. With a background in mathematical modelling and Antarctic climate change science, Jess’ work is increasingly focused on connecting research to decision-making for sustainability and climate change adaptation.

Jess was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2019 Special Report on the Oceans & Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. She is co-chair of the international Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean program and leads the knowledge production theme with the Centre for Marine Socioecology. Jess was one of Australia’s first 30 Superstars of STEM and was named Tasmania’s Young Tall Poppy of the Year in 2015 for her excellence in research, science communication and policy engagement. She was the 2020 Tasmanian Australian of the Year and is Tasmania’s patron for National Science Week.

Katrina Graham

Katrina has worked in local and State government in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. She joined the City of Hobart in 2000 and developed its climate change program. In addition to preparing and implementing the City's climate policy and strategy responses, she instigated the establishment of a regional council’s climate group under the auspices of the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority and coordinates its delivery of climate actions across the 12 southern councils. She was a project leader on Regional Councils Climate Adaptation Program and has worked with the 29 Tasmanian councils to develop corporate adaptation plans and strategies for the three regions. Katrina represented the City on various national climate programs including NCCARF CoastAdapt and the Climate Emergency Australia Strategy Advisory Group. She is an advocate for local government climate action and increasing the capacity and capability of councils and their communities to prepare for and respond to climate change impacts and hazards.

Dr Sarah Boulter

Dr Sarah Boulter is Associate Professor in Climate Change Adaptation and the Climate Adaptation Initiative lead for the National Environmental Science Program (NESP). Sarah has spent the last decade building and supporting climate adaptation research and practice in Australia, particularly in the coastal zone. She has worked with the health, biodiversity, defence and infrastructure sectors to support, develop and implement climate change adaptation strategies.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA).