PUBLIC LECTURE: Responding to Marine Disasters
Ocean disasters of the last decade have brought to public awareness the significant consequences and threat to life on earth posed by tsunamis, climate change and industry accidents. In this public lecture, three expert commentators will offer their expertise on the future of disaster management in our ocean:
**Larry Madin: “Scientific response to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill: lessons learned” - Dr Laurence Madin, Vice President and Director for Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA, will speak on the ongoing impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico, and possible solutions to the disaster. “While the Gulf spill has shocked and horrified us all, it also has energised the research community to understand the effects and find ways to minimise current and future impacts,” says Dr Madin.
**Robert Nicholls: “The role of science in managing the risks of coastal flooding” - Professor Robert Nicholls is an internationally renowned expert on sea-level rise based at the University of Southampton in England. His main research interests are long-term coastal engineering and management, especially the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change, with an emphasis on sea-level rise.
**Charitha Pattiaratchi: “History, successes and regrets of Tsunami alert systems” - Winthrop Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi is the Australian Coordinator of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and a Professor of Coastal Oceanography at The UWA Oceans Institute and School of Environmental Systems Engineering. His research interests are in coastal physical oceanography and coastal sediment transport, with emphasis on field experiments and numerical modelling.
This public lecture is presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Oceans Institute at UWA.
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