Hobart | August 1

2018 ACE CRC SYMPOSIUM


Since its founding over 25 years ago, the ACE CRC has been a driving force in climate research in Australia. Our researchers have observed rapid changes in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean system, and been at the forefront of understanding the likely impacts for Australia. Today our researchers play an increasingly important role in helping plan for the future under climate change, translating fundamental research into local end-user solutions.


08:30– 09:00
REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:15
WELCOME
Katherine Woodthorpe, ACE CRC Chair

9:15 – 10:00
ORIGINS
History of the ACE CRC
Steve Rintoul looks back at what has changed, and what we have learned, about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean since the Antarctic CRC was formed in 1991.



10:00 – 10:30
MORNING TEA



10:30 – 11:15
LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD
Past Changes in Antarctic and Southern Hemisphere Climate
Tessa Vance and Tas van Ommen discuss how ice cores are helping us understand past Antarctic climates, and what this can tell us about Australia’s climate history and what this means for the future.

11:15 – 12:00
THE AWAKENING GIANT
The Antarctic Ice Sheet and Sea Level
Ben Galton-Fenzi and Sue Cook discuss advances in our ability to observe and simulate the behaviour of the Antarctic ice sheet, and what changes in Antarctica’s mass balance could mean for future global sea levels.

12:00 – 13:00
LUNCH

13:00 – 13:45
THE CLIMATE HANDBRAKE (Part 1)
Physical Change in the Southern Ocean
Will Hobbs and Steve Rintoul discuss advances in our understanding of the physical processes driving ocean circulation, and what changes in the Southern Ocean could mean for the global climate system.

13:45 – 14:30
THE CLIMATE HANDBRAKE (Part 2)
Carbon Uptake and Chemical Change in the Southern Ocean
Andrew Bowie and Delphine Lannuzel discuss the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the Southern Ocean and how this is changing the complex physical, chemical and biological processes that control Southern Ocean ecosystems and drive the biological carbon pump.

14:30 – 15:15
THE CLIMATE ENGINE
Change and Variability in Antarctic Sea Ice
Rob Massom and Alex Fraser discuss how the ACE CRC is combining fieldwork, remote sensing and modelling to improve our understanding of Antarctic sea ice, and its central role in the global climate system.



15:15 – 15:45
AFTERNOON TEA



15:45 – 16:30
ECOSYSTEM TRENDS AND TIPPING POINTS
Observing and Modelling Southern Ocean Ecosystems
Andrew Constable and Jess Melbourne-Thomas discuss advances in our understanding of Southern Ocean foodwebs, the importance of international collaborations, and progress toward an end-to-end model to support Southern Ocean ecosystem management.

16:30 – 17:15
IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS
Australian Climate Futures
Rebecca Harris, Nathan Bindoff and Tomas Remenyi, from the ACE CRC’s Climate Futures group, discuss their work with Australian governments and industry to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

17:15 -17:30
WRAP UP
Past Reflections and Future Directions
Katherine Woodthorpe, ACE CRC Chair

17:30-19:00
EVENING EVENT
Symposium guests are invited to remain at the venue for an informal social event. Refreshments and canapés will be provided.

 
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