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How will the foods we produce in Tassie change because of climate change?



Peat Leith

Summary of Answer

Dr Peat Leith (University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture) provides insights on the topic of ‘How will the foods we produce in Tassie change because of climate change?’.

This footage was shot at live public forums for the Curious Climate Tasmania project held across Tasmania in August 2019 as part of Australian National Science Week. Curious Climate was initiated by a group of scientists & journalists that wanted to know what the Tasmanian public were curious about in terms of climate change. This series of presentations cover the most popular questions submitted by the Tasmanian public, in response to a call out for questions from ABC Radio, and aim to bridge the gap between experts and audiences with credible, relevant information about climate change.

This project was delivered in partnership with the Centre for Marine Socioecology, ABC Radio Hobart, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Funding was provided by National Science Week and the Tasmanian Government, through the Tasmanian Climate Change Office.

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About the Author

Peat Leith


University of Tasmania

Research Area:

Research Area: Peat has worked for the NSW Government on research for natural resource management (NRM) policy, with the Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources (University of Tasmania) on adaptation in fisheries, and with the CSIRO Coastal Collaboration Cluster (University of Tasmania) on improving the linkages between science and decision-making in coastal zone management. He has also worked as a consultant. From 2012-2015 Peat was the Convenor of the Science for Society and Policy Program in TIA. He also led a TIA research project that assisted nine regional NRM organisations across south-eastern Australia to update their strategic plans for climate change.

Why I do the research I do:

Why I do it: Peat is passionate about ensuring that public investment on research leads to societal outcomes. His research and practice is geared to improving the design of projects and programs to achieve such outcomes in ways that are equitable, accountable and efficient, especially in areas of natural resource management and sustainability.
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