Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change, April 4-8, 2011
The latest in the influential GREENHOUSE conference series, GREENHOUSE 2011 will focus on the science of climate change.
The GREENHOUSE 2011 program will cover a range of topics, including:
Scientists and representatives from industry and all levels of government will have the opportunity to hear about the latest in climate change science from leading researchers from Australia and around the world.
GREENHOUSE 2011 follows the successful GREENHOUSE 2005 in Melbourne, GREENHOUSE 2007 in Sydney and GREENHOUSE 2009 in Perth.
GREENHOUSE 2009 attracted more than 500 delegates, a large exhibition and extensive media coverage. Delegates in Perth said:
“Loved the diversity of presenters from academia, industry, government etc. – very broad and informative.”
“Very informative – thanks for the opportunity to attend. Has been a most valuable experience.”
“As a student I found the conference to be enlightening and overall of excellent quality.”
“Excellent program, variety of disciplines, top quality speakers.”
“Fantastic range and variety of social/networking events – many thanks.”
“Congratulations to the Greenhouse 2009 team for an outstanding event.”
GREENHOUSE 2011 will be a carbon conscious event.
Plenary speakers and panellists
Dr Gillian Cambers, Pacific Climate Change Science Program
Dr Gillian Cambers obtained a BSc in geography from the University of Bristol, U.K., and a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, U.K. Her main fields of interest and expertise are climate change; coastal zone management and especially beach dynamics; environmental education and communication; and small island sustainability. Residing in the Caribbean for more than 25 years, she worked for the Governments of Barbados and the British Virgin Islands; for international organizations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, United Nations Development Program, Organization of American States, Caribbean and Asian Development Banks, among others; for regional and international non-governmental organisations; and for the private sector. She has worked in more than 40 different countries, mainly in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions. She was Review Editor of the small island chapter in the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. At present she is the Program Manager for the Pacific Climate Change Science Program, based in Melbourne, Australia and working for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology.
Dr Lynda Chambers, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research & Bureau of Meteorology
Dr Lynda Chambers specialises the interface of climate with southern hemisphere flora and fauna. She has published extensively on phenology, migration, species abundance, climate variability and change, climate extremes, and forecasting. Lynda is a project leader for the National Ecological Meta Database and the citizen science project ClimateWatch. Other current roles include the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Terrestrial Biodiversity Steering Committee and a lead author on the National Marine Climate Change and Adaptation Report Card. Lynda was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability).
Dr John Church, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research & CSIRO/Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC
Dr John Church is an oceanographer with the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. He was co-convening lead author for the Chapter on Sea Level in the IPCC Third Assessment Report. He was awarded the 2006 Roger Revelle Medal by Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2006 and the 2007 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.
Dr Will Howard, Office of the Chief Scientist
Dr Will Howard is a research scientist currently at the Office of the Chief Scientist in Canberra. He works on marine climate change, with particular emphasis on ocean acidification and its impacts on the past, current, and future ocean. He is particularly interested in the ocean carbon cycle and the responses of marine ecosystems to climate change. His work focuses on the insights into climate change that can be inferred from ocean sediment records as a baseline for pre-industrial conditions and as a tool for understanding the impacts of large-magnitude climate changes of the scale anticipated in the coming centuries. His expertise is in palaeoecology and low-temperature isotopic geochemistry. Originally from the USA, Dr. Howard has a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, New York, from 1992-93, and was a lecturer in oceanography at the Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts from 1994-1995, before joining the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart in 1996.
Prof. Lesley Hughes, Macquarie University
Prof. Lesley Hughes completed a PhD in ecology at Macquarie University in 1991. Since that time her main research focus has been on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. Lesley held an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Macquarie before moving to Boston in 1994. Here she was a postdoctoral fellow and teaching fellow at Harvard University. In 1996 she returned to Australia to take up a lectureship at Macquarie in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was appointed a Professorial Fellow at Macquarie in 2007 and is now the Head of Department. She served as a lead author on Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). She will be a Lead Author for the Australasia chapter for AR5. She has represented Australia in a number of international fora associated with climate change, most recently as a member of the Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Group (AHTEG) for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). She served on the NSW Scientific Committee from 2003-2006, being Deputy Chair from 2003-2004 and then Chair until 2006. She is currently a member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) Climate Change Research Advisory Panel. She represents Macquarie University on the management committee of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and co-convenes the ARC Network for Earth System Science and the Terrestrial Biodiversity Network for NCCARF. She is one of the founding members of Climate Scientists Australia. She has been a member of the Expert Advisory Group on biodiversity and climate change for the federal Department of Climate Change; this group has co-authored a new textbook of biodiversity and climate change in Australia to be launched in the latter half of 2009. She has also acted as an advisor and consultant on climate change-related issues for many organisations including WWF Australia, Earthwatch and the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority.
Mr Tom Knutson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (USA)
Mr Tom Knutson has been a Research Meteorologist at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey (USA) since 1990. GFDL, a research laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is one of the world's leading climate modeling centers. Mr Knutson has authored several studies in leading scientific journals on the potential impact of climate change on tropical cyclones. He and his colleagues at GFDL have been seeking a better scientific understanding of this problem using dynamical models and by assessing past tropical cyclone data. Currently, Mr. Knutson serves as Co-Chair of a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Expert Team on Climate Impacts on Tropical Cyclones, which recently published the updated assessment report: "Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change" in Nature Geoscience. He was also a lead author on the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) assessment report 3.3 on "Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate" and serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Climate.
Dr Janice Lough, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences
Dr Janice Lough is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and a Partner Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies. A climatologist by training, her research interests focus on understanding the nature and consequences of a rapidly changing global climate for tropical marine ecosystems. She also specializes in obtaining historical perspectives on coral reefs and the significance of currently observed changes using the rich archive of proxy environmental information contained in long-lived massive coral skeletons.
Dr Sara Mikaloff Fletcher, National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) (NZ)
Dr Sara Mikaloff Fletcher earned her PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she used atmospheric observations and models to estimate methane emissions to the atmosphere. She employed similar techniques to determine air-sea fluxes of CO2 using ocean interior data and ocean general circulation models during her postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles. After finishing her post doctoral work, she joined the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University where she used atmospheric and oceanic models to study the past and present carbon cycle. In January of 2010, she and her family moved to New Zealand, so that she could take up a position at NIWA.
Dr Carlos Nobre, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Brazil)
Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Scientific Committee; Director of the Center for Earth System Science and Senior Scientist at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), of Brazil; Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Research Network on Global Climate Change (Rede CLIMA); Scientific Director of the “National Institute for Climate Change Research” ; Director of the Brazilian Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies (CPTEC-INPE), 1991-2003; Program Scientist for the Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA), 1996-2002; Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing Countries (TWAS); professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions at INPE's doctoral program in Meteorology; research interests in tropical meteorology, climate modeling, global environmental change, biosphere-atmosphere interactions in Amazonia; author and co-author of over 130 scientific articles, books and book chapters, which have been cited over 3,000 times in the scientific literature.
Dr Elvira Poloczanska, CSIRO
Dr Elvira Poloczanska’s research focuses on impacts of climate variability and climate change on marine species and ecosystems at both global and Australian scales and adaptation responses to these impacts. Her work includes modelling the responses of species and populations to climate change, and synthesising and disseminating climate change knowledge. Dr Poloczanska is co-convener of an international working group assembling a database of marine climate change impacts and applying meta-analytical techniques to address key questions regarding vulnerability of marine species and ecosystems. She also leads the Report of Marine Climate Change in Australia (www.oceanclimatechange.org.au). Over 70 authors from 35 institutions contributed to the first edition which summarises observed and expected impacts of climate change and highlights knowledge gaps and adaptation responses in an easily accessible form for policy makers and the general public.
Dr Scott Power, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research & Bureau of Meteorology
Dr Scott Power is a research manager and a research scientist in the Bureau of Meteorology and a Coordinating Lead Author of the next (AR5) IPCC WG1 Report. Dr Power has published extensively in the international scientific literature on climate variability and climate change, especially on El Niño, global warming, decade-to-decade climate variability and its predictability, and on the impact of climate science on the broader community. He previously coordinated the Bureau's participation in the Australian Climate Change Science Program, he led the development of a multi-million dollar AusAID project to enhance climate prediction services in Pacific Island countries and more recently co-led the development of the $20m Pacific Climate Change Science Program to assist 15 vulnerable countries in the Australian region adapt to climate change. He is the former head of operational climate monitoring and prediction in the Bureau and the former acting head of Australia’s National Climate Centre. He is a member and former member of international panels of the World Meteorological Organization dealing with climate issues, and he was a co-author and co-editor of the influential CSIRO-Bureau of Meteorology report Climate Change in Australia.
Prof. Dean Roemmich, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA)
Physical oceanographer Prof. Dean Roemmich is co-chair of the International Argo Steering Team, and recipient of the 2008 American Meteorological Society Sverdrup Gold Medal, “for major contributions to the measurement and understanding of the ocean’s role in climate, and for leading the development and implementation of the Argo profiling float array.”
Prof. Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist for Australia
A physicist by training and an astronomer by profession, Prof. Penny Sackett began her appointment as Chief Scientist for Australia in November 2008. She is highly respected in the national and international communities of science and technology, both for her research and her proven experience in research management. For more information visit http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au
Prof. Steven Sherwood, University of NSW
Prof. Steven Sherwood received his PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1995. He joined UNSW in January of this year, coming off previous positions as a researcher at NASA and professor at Yale University where he taught courses on atmospheric physics and global warming. His expertise is in the behaviour of atmospheric storms, clouds and humidity, and the relationship of these to climate. He has also done extensive work on climate observation. He has authored several dozen peer-reviewed publications, and has served as a co-author and/or reviewer on several government reports including the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and the first report of the US Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) in 2006.
Assoc. Prof. Kevin Walsh, University of Melbourne
Kevin Walsh is an Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne. He is a former President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Deputy Group Leader of the Climate Impact Group at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. His research interests include tropical meteorology, climate variability and climate change.