Antarctic Policy & Research Forum


Accounting for Greenhouse Gases: Antarctica in the Global Climate Response

Thursday 25 November 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

As the global response to climate change enters a new phase, the target of net-zero emissions requires nations to accurately measure and account for greenhouse gas emissions. Society and political leaders will need access to the best possible scientific observations, long-term climate models, and robust mechanisms for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions. 


David Etheridge

David Etheridge is a principal research scientist with the Climate Science Centre, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. His research involves long-term changes in greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting compounds and has been used in all five IPCC Assessment Reports. He also investigates the use of atmospheric methods in quantifying emissions from energy production.


Rob Sturgiss
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Rob Sturgiss is the General Manager of the National Inventory Systems and International Reporting Branch at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Rob is responsible for the National Greenhouse Accounts, prepared by the Department; is an member of IPCC Task Force on Inventories Bureau and is a UNFCCC lead reviewer of national greenhouse gas inventories.


Sea Level Extremes: Antarctica's Impacts on Policy & Planning

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Thursday 30 September 2021

How will the cryosphere contribute to changes in sea level in the near-to-medium term?

What are the relative contributions of ocean-driven melting, gravitational self attraction, isostatic adjustment, and catastrophic ice shelf collapse? Where should the science focus?

How can research better meet the needs of end-users in the policy and planning arenas?

How should our planners and policymakers respond, given the current uncertainties around future sea-level rise?


Ben Galton Fenzi
Australian Antarctic Division

Dr Kathleen McInnes

Kathleen McInnes
Group Leader, Climate Extremes and Projections Climate Science Centre
CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

Prof Barbara Nolan

Barbara Norman
Chair Urban & Regional Planning
University of Canberra

Drought and Rainfall in South East Queensland:  Extending Climate Records

Wivenhoe Dam

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Australia’s water infrastructure policies and preparations are based on an understanding of climate extremes observed during the past 120 years of instrumental recordings.

Given the limited range of instrumental climate data for Australia, what does it mean when extreme climate events are described as ‘unprecedented’?

In our second Antarctic Policy & Research Forum, three speakers discussed the ways that these two branches of science - hydrology and palaeoclimatology - are coming together to build a clearer picture of the true risk of extreme climate events in Australia.



Tessa Vance

Anthony Kiem

Anthony Kiem
Associate Professor, Hydroclimatology
Newcastle University


Kate Smolders
Senior Scientist (Catchments)
South East Queensland Water

Upping Impact:
Strengthening Antarctic Science & Policy Linkages

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25 February 2021

The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership held its first Antarctic Policy & Research Forum on 25 February 2021. This forum was led by the Australian Antarctic Division's Territories, Environment and Treaties team and aimed at bridging the gaps that exists between the Antarctic science and policy arenas, by fostering productive conversations between policy-experts, end users and scientists.



Dirk Welsford
Acting Chief Scientist
Australian Antarctic Division

Gill Slocum, Manager of AAD's Territories, Environment and Treaties Section

Gill Slocum
Manager, Territories, Environment and Treaties Section
Australian Antarctic Division