Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) 21st Biennial National Conference and 4th Research Symposium

28 September 2021

30 September 2021

Mandurah, WA

AAEE’s 21st Biennial National Conference will attract over 250 dedicated sustainability and educational professionals from across Australia as well as virtually from New Zealand, our overseas neighbours and MOU Partners in the United States, Japan, and Abu Dhabi.

Inspired by moving local examples, resilience theory, future’s thinking and Mandurah’s relaxed waterside lifestyle, Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides aims to showcase examples of people coming together to create positive change through environmental education, along with innovative, practical and effective tools for change-making.

It’s the place where sustainability and educational professionals can connect and learn, by bringing together academia, industry and leading professionals.

Coastal Futures – Planning and Adaptation in a Changing Climate

21 June 2021

17:00 - 19:30

Albany Entertainment Centre

Please join The University of Western Australia's Ocean Institute, Public Policy Institute and Wave Energy Research Centre for your say on how we prepare and adapt to our changing world.

Perspectives on Decommissioning

7 July 2021

15:00 - 17:00

UWA

What environmental science does industry, regulators and stakeholders need to support offshore oil and gas decommissioning decisions?
About this event

Join our panel of experts as we explore what knowledge is needed to support industry processes, regulatory requirements and meaningful stakeholder engagement to ensure future decommissioning decisions and approvals are underpinned by robust science.

Networking and light refreshments to follow

Chair

• Luke Smith, Chief Environmental Scientist, Woodside

Panellists

• Dianne McLean, Fish Ecologist, Australian Institute of Marine Science

• Cameron Grebe, Head of Division - Environment & Decommissioning, NOPSEMA

• Andrew Taylor, General Manager Decommissioning, NERA

• Michael Marnane, Senior Marine Ecologist, Chevron

• David Carter, Austral Fisheries

This event is part of the Expert Series, a program of free events presented by the Ocean Institute. Find out more at www.oceans.uwa.edu.au

Digitalisation in Environmental Assessment – International Frontrunners: Webinar

18 August 2021

16:00 - 17:30

Webinar

Wednesday 18th August 2021, Online event

• 4.00pm – 5.30pm (Australian Western Standard Time)

Register here to obtain Zoom login details

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Several organisations worldwide are engaged in digitalising environmental assessment. The Danish DREAMS project presents a list of international frontrunners highlighting organisations, initiatives, partners and key takeaways. It provides a great opportunity for inspiration and learning from the global community.

WABSI continues to work with industry, regulators, researchers and the community to build a data sharing and access culture that enables us to better understand the cumulative environmental impacts, of an action, on a region, overtime. Read more about our work here.

Blue is the New Green: UWA Research Impact Series Webinar

8 July 2021

16:30 - 17:30

Webinar

Philanthropy, research and community are finding solutions for climate change’s effects locally and globally within Western Australia’s iconic coastal ecosystems.

Marine Park zonings in Western Australia include the Great Southern Reef, Ningaloo and Shark Bay. These iconic coastal environments are home to kelp forests, seagrass meadows, and tropical coral reef: vibrant and unique ecosystems that are all under threat from ocean warming.

With enormous blue carbon potential, these bio-diverse hotspots are ground zero in the war on climate change. Philanthropically supported research at UWA’s Oceans Institute into these marine ecosystems and their conservation is providing innovative solutions for protecting their habitats.

In this webinar, hosted by Oceans Institute Director, Associate Professor Julian Partridge, four leading UWA marine scientists will discuss how their work is making a difference.

Date: Thursday 8 July 2021

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Venue: Online Webinar

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Sea level variability along Vietnam coast and the Australian North West Shelf

22 April 2021

16:00 - 17:00

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, UWA and Zoom

Presenter

Toan Bui, PhD student

Time

Thursday 22 April 2021 at 4:00pm

Location

This seminar is being held in the Auditorium, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre Building (or via Zoom)

 

Abstract

Sea level variability occurs at different time scales (hours to decades) and is crucial for a range of activities including navigation, coastal stability and coastal planning. By contrast, societal concerns on sea level variability originate from potential impacts including coastal flooding, shoreline recession, damage to coastal infrastructure and natural resources. This is particularly true along the coasts of Vietnam and the Australian North West Shelf (NWS) that are susceptible to impacts from tropical cyclones (TC) and mean sea level change. This talk examines two themes: (1) seasonal and inter-annual sea level along Vietnam coast; and, (2) storm surge dynamics along the NWS.

Along the Vietnam coast, the seasonal sea level variability in open coast is dominated by a reversal of monsoons, whist in Tonkin Bay in the north is influenced by the Red river discharge. The inter-annual sea level in the open coast is driven by ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation), and is attributed to inter-annual change in boundary currents. The northern section of the Vietnam coast is dominated by the 18.6 year nodal tide whilst in the south, inundation in the Vietnam Mekong Delta is controlled by the interaction between ENSO and the 4.4 year lunar perigee cycle.

Along Australian NWS, the translation speed of a TC is a critical factor that determines generating mechanism and features of storm surge components. A combination between observations and numerical simulations utilizing the Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS) showed that the forerunner and continental shelf waves (CSW) were likely to be generated by a slow moving TC (<6  ms-1), whereas edge waves were attributed to fast translation TC’s (>6  ms-1). Magnitude of the forerunner and edge waves were sensitive to TC translation speed, but CSW was not sensitive to the translation speed of the TC.

Observational data obtained during passage of Tropical Low (TL) 14U in 2017 together with ROMS were used to investigate the generation of CSW and its interaction with topographic features that include Barrow and Montebello Islands. The TL 14U’s forward speed was close to a phase speed of the CSW resulting in an amplified CSW due to resonance. When the 14U and the CSW interacted with Barrow Island, the sea level increased by up to 40cm due to the blocking effect of the shallow water resulted in strong currents (~1.2 ms-1) flow diverted around  Montebello  Island due to blocking effects of topography.

 

Bio

Toan Bui is a PhD student under supervision of Professor Chari Pattiaratchi and Dr Ivica Janekovic. He received bachelor and master degree in Hanoi Water Resource University (Vietnam) in 2006 and 2015, respectively. His research is focused on sea level variability. Before coming to Perth, he worked as a lecturer at Hanoi University of Natural Resource and Environment.

 

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Perspectives on Decommissioning panel discussion

6 May 2021

1500-1630

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, UWA

What environmental science does industry, regulators and stakeholders need to support offshore oil and gas decommissioning decisions?

Join our panel of experts as we explore what knowledge is needed to support industry processes, regulatory requirements and meaningful stakeholder engagement to ensure future decommissioning decisions and approvals are underpinned by robust science.

Networking and light refreshments to follow

Time: 3.00 - 4.30pm
Chair: Luke Smith, Chief Environmental Scientist, Woodside
Panelists:
Dianne McLean, Fish Ecologist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Cameron Grebe, Head of Division - Environment & Decommissioning, NOPSEMA
Andrew Taylor, General Manager Decommissioning, NERA
Chris Jones, Decommissioning Project Manager, Chevron
TBC, fisheries expert