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Published on July 10th, 2013 | by Simi

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DAY THREE WRAP UP

Julie

 

A lovely, yet chilly, blue-skied Melbourne morning greeted our four plenary speakers for Day Three.

Dr Robert Muir-Wood opened the proceedings with his talk on the human side of catastrophe modelling; Dr Simon Barry explained the unique aspects of biosecurity research for Australia; and Julia Arblaster introduced us to Earth systems models for understanding climate variability and change. Finally, Peter Waterhouse brought us down to the microscale with his talk on modelling virus invasion and defence in plants.

 

INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT MUIR-WOOD, RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS 

Insurance companies use catastrophe models to predict loss. Dr Robert Muir-Wood, Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions, has an alternate use for these models. He aims to answer the questions, how many casualties will there be in a certain catastrophic event? How are the livelihoods of survivors affected? Watch the interview

Dr Muir-Wood also spoke to Pia Akerman from The Australian: read the article

twitter  TOP TWEETS # MPEAU @DiscoverAMSI

@CSIROnews @DiscoverAMSI #MPEAU CSIRO on Biosecurity: If it’s detectable it’s not eradicable and if it’s eradicable it’s not detectable! LOL
@penguian Learning about virtual geophysics laboratory – #mpeau
@DiscoverAMSI #MPEAU Robert leaves us with a Haiku: Planet Earth quakes! Mean deaths are unconverted; Simulate ten thousand years http://fb.me/17T3902hJ
@CSIROevents How do we know if there are foxes still in Tassie? Data includes fox poo, dead foxes on roads, live fox sightings. #MPEAU
@DiscoverAMSI We all agree: The good thing about this conference: Loads of people from different areas brought together to tackle the same problems! Simon Barry. #MPEAU‬
@DiscoverAMSI Julie Arblaster: We don’t have a crystal ball to tell us what human choices will be made; we need to model the different possible choices #MPEAU
@CSIROevents Kate Saunders: stats helping manage NT’s unique environment – guiding conservation, mitigation efforts. Hoping for a field trip! #MPEAU

DON’T MISS THE MPE PHOTO COMPETITION EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC LECTURE TONIGHT!

Public Lecture: A Future Earth for our children: maths for the planet
Dr Mark Stafford Smith
Science Director Climate Adaptation Flagship , CSIRO

We live on a planet under pressure – as accelerating human consumption collides with planetary limits and finite resources. As a species we are hugely innovative, but there is increasing evidence that we must alter our trajectory if our grandchildren are to enjoy the comforts we take for granted today. Globally we are seeking a transition to a more sustainable future: the sciences and humanities have a major role to play in finding our way towards planetary stewardship. More…

MPE Photography Competitions

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More photos here

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

  • Prof David Karoly, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science/University of Melbourne. Modelling variations in extreme weather and climate events and understanding their causes
  • Prof. Brian Kennett, Australian National University. Imaging the Dynamic Earth
  • Prof Marc Parlange, Laboratory of Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology (EFLUM). Land-atmosphere exchanges over complex terrain
  • Dr Katherine Evans, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Recent strategies and challenges for simulation and reproducibility in global climate modelling
  • 6:30pm Conference Dinner with keynote speaker Dr Alex Zelinsky, DSTO

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