[ASC-list] ONLINE BRIEFING TODAY: Climate prediction: How much do we really know? [Today 4 April, 1.20pm AEST]

Susannah Eliott SEliott at aussmc.org
Mon Apr 4 03:18:06 UTC 2011

Apologies for late notice, folks. You are welcome to join in if you have
time (priority is given to news journos in questions time).





Australian Science Media Centre

MEDIA ALERT: Climate prediction: How much do we really know?


>From thousands of oceanic robots plumbing the depths to vast databases
containing decades of data, climate scientists have been amassing
information on the state of the planet. Our knowledge has come a long
way but there are still many uncertainties over the extent to which some
of the dire predictions will come to pass. Climate scientists have been
accused of overstating the seriousness of increasing temperatures so we
have brought together three experts to bring us up to speed on what we
can say, what we can't say and what is still too complicated to predict.

The experts are all plenary speakers at Greenhouse 2011, The science of
Climate Change conference <http://www.greenhouse2011.com/page.aspx>  in
Cairns, 4-8 April 2011.

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

*         Why what happened to the climate before won't necessarily help
predict what will happen next

*         3,000 oceanic robots that are taking temperatures and salinity
from the surface of the sea to 2,000 metres below

*         How clouds and water vapour confuse the models and what
evidence there is that even moderate global warming causes extreme
levels of rain

*         Changes in severe land-falling tropical cyclones and
Australian climate from decade-to-decade and generation-to-generation



*         Dr Scott Power, Senior Principal Research Scientist at the
Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research in the Bureau of
Meteorology, and Coordinating Lead Author of the forthcoming IPCC report

*         Professor Dean Roemmich, Physical oceanographer and co-chair
of the International Argo Steering Team, Scripps Institution of
Oceanography (USA)

*         Professor Steve Sherwood, Co-director of the Climate Change
Research Centre at The University of New South Wales


DATE:  Today, Monday 4 April, 2011


DURATION: Approx. 30 min

VENUE: Online (the presenters will all be in Cairns at Greenhouse 2011,
The science of Climate Change conference)


Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video
streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by
questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions

1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking here 5 minutes before the
start time or anytime during the briefing
<https://aussmcus.webex.com/aussmcus/onstage/g.php?d=827465377&t=a> .
Alternatively go to www.aussmc.org and follow the links.

2. Enter your name and email address

3. Click "Join".

 (System requirements: You will need a broadband connection and
speakers/headphones to hear the event. Allow 1-2 mins for your computer
to be configured correctly, install ActiveX, if asked)

*Note* some Fairfax journalists may not be able to access the online
system due to a firewall issue. 

1. For phone only access please call: 1800 671 909. 

2. Enter access code 827 465 377#. Wait for the prompt and press #. 

Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you
would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to
arrange a quick test before the briefing.

If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on
1800 12 92 78 quoting event number 827 465 377.

Audio files will be posted on our website at www.aussmc.org as soon as
possible after the event.

For further information, please contact the AusSMC on 08 7120 8666 or
email info at aussmc.org. 


Date issued: 4 April 2011    


Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)    

Street address: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, ADELAIDE  SA

Postal address:  PO Box 237, RUNDLE MALL  SA  5000

Ph: (08) 7120 8666 | Fax: (08) 8231 7333 | info at aussmc.org
<mailto:info at aussmc.org>  | www.aussmc.org <http://www.aussmc.org> 


The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) is an independent,
non-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access
to evidence-based science and expertise. The national centre is advised
by a Science Advisory Panel and governed by a Board of Management.  It
is supported by a wide variety of sectors with each contribution capped
at 10% of total running costs.  Foundation sponsors are the ABC, APN
News & Media, CSIRO, Fairfax Media Ltd, the Govt of SA, Innovative
Research Universities Australia, Media Monitors, News Ltd, New South
Wales Govt, Orica Ltd, Queensland Govt, ResMed Inc, the Royal
Institution of Australia, the State Govt of Victoria, Network Ten and
the University of Melbourne.  Gold Sponsors are the Australian Academy
of Science, ATSE, Cisco Systems Inc., CSL Ltd, IBM Australia, Shell
Australia Ltd and the University of Adelaide. Supporters include AMTA,
Flinders University, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Microsoft Pty Ltd,
O'Loughlins Lawyers and the Powerhouse Museum.


Disclaimer: Please note that any views expressed are the personal
opinions of the experts named.  They do not represent the views of the
AusSMC or any other organisation unless specifically stated.  The AusSMC
attempts to provide a range of views from the scientific community. 


The AusSMC can help journalists find an expert on a topical area of
science.  For more details, contact us. If you do not wish to receive
further emails from the AusSMC, please reply with "Unsubscribe" in the

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://www.lists.sublimeip.com/pipermail/asc-list/attachments/20110404/62b42f2f/attachment.htm>

More information about the ASC-list mailing list