Public Lecture: Environmental Intelligence for Australia


Monitoring, assessing and forecasting environmental states and processes will be more and more important in a world facing global change and sustainability limits. Societies will be challenged to maintain, let alone improve, food security, water security and biodiversity, so situational awareness about the environment must be greatly enhanced.

The Bureau of Meteorology is evolving into a broad-based environmental intelligence service for Australia. Over the last decade the Bureau has taken on several new functions that have already set us on this path, including various new ocean, water resources and space weather services.

These developments arise at a time when the planet is changing faster than ever before, when society is demanding more of science, and when technological advances in environmental sensing and earth system simulation are occurring faster than our ability to appropriate them. Rob will demonstrate that these are exciting and important times for scientific communities and operational agencies specializing in environmental intelligence. He will make specific reference to the importance of the mathematical sciences in underpinning such endeavours.

Presented by Dr Rob Vertessy, Director of Meteorology & CEO, Bureau of Meteorology.

Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Room 358, Physiology Lecture Theatres, University of Queensland (St Lucia)

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