Curious Climate
Curious Climate

What do local people observe about climate change and is this information helpful?

Region: 

East North South West
Professor Gretta Pecl

Professor Gretta Pecl

Summary of Answer

Professor Gretta Pecl (University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Centre for Marine Socioecology) provides insights on the topic of ‘What do local people observe about climate change and is this info helpful?’.

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

Professor Gretta Pecl

Professor Gretta Pecl

Director of Centre for Marine Socioecology and ARC Future Fellow

Affiliations:

University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Centre for Marine Socioecology

Research Area:

Research Area: Population dynamics and life history of fish, octopus and squid; Impacts of marine climate change; how fisheries, aquaculture and conservation can adapt to climate change; and communication and public engagement on climate change.

Why I do the research I do:

Why I do it: I spend quite a lot of time communicating and engaging with the public on climate change as it really upsets me how misrepresented climate change is the media and on social media. Part of my job is assessing all available climate change science for the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and there is no doubt at all that climate change is real, a result of human activities and very serious.
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