Climate and sea level on local agenda

25-04-2020 by admin

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Learn about the latest work being done by experts in the fields of climate change and sea level rise when they meet in a forum at Speers Point on May 25. Picture: SuppliedENVIRONMENTAL experts will gather at Speers Point this month to discussclimate change mitigation and the effects of sea level rise at the inaugural Hunter Aquatic Research Seminar.

Researchers from around the state will gather at Masonic Hall, Speers Point, on Wednesday, May 25, to share their research into the marine, coastal and estuarine environments of the Hunter region at the one-day forum.

The event is co-ordinated by Hunter Local Land Services in partnership with Lake Macquarie City Council.

Hunter Local Land Services officer Hayley Leczkowski said the event would bring together university and government experts from around the state.

“The aim of the inaugural event is to bring together key players in the aquatic, coast and marine fields to discuss their work and research projects in order to build greater awareness of the knowledge base for stakeholders,” Mrs Leczkowski said.

“The seminar will provide an opportunity to improve integration and collaboration between researchers conducting work in the region.”

Presentations will cover a range of topics including sea level rise effects on coastal wetlands, climate change mitigation and adaptation, wetland restoration planning, human impacts on rocky reef habitats, water quality, effects of moorings on seagrass, and threats to soft coral habitats in NSW, among others.

The event is open to anyone working or interested in the aquatic, coast and marine fields. It will be attended by representatives from government, research institutions, industry and environmental organisations.

Lake Macquarie City Council coastal projects officer Kym Bilhamsaid the forum was an important initiative.

“This is a step towards sharing knowledge and identifying future research needs in the aquatic field,” Ms Bilham said.

“The seminar will capture expert feedback on future aquatic resource management opportunities for the region.”

The event is funded by Hunter Local Land Services, council, and the Australian government.

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