A world expert on high-impact weather, John McBride, will deliver the 2011 Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture at The University of Western Australia outlining the ways in which the frequency of events such as the Queensland floods relate to the changing climate.
Mr McBride is Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology's Centre for Atmospheric Weather and Climate Change in Melbourne.
His lecture is entitled Tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and fires: are these the climate hazards of our future?
Research meteorologists have always studied extreme events to understand the underlying mechanisms and improve our ability to forecast, but climate change has brought about a new focus for such studies, he will argue.
Mr McBride is a lead scientist for the BoM Indigenous Weather Knowledge project and co-chair of the World Weather Research Program Expert Team on Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Cyclones.
WHAT: Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture.
WHEN: 6pm Wednesday 31 August.
WHERE: Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA (nearest carpark P3, off Hackett Drive Entrance 1). ACROD bays available.
The Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture honours the intellectual legacy of an influential and long-serving scholar who devoted 60 years of his life to UWA.
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