Dr Sophie Lewis ‘Climate change and Australia’s extreme events.’

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Thursday, 10 February 2022 - 12:30pm
Dr Sophie Lewis
Dr Sophie Lewis

Sophie, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, will discuss human influences on past, present and future extreme climate events in Australia. Are our recent extremes a sign of a new normal and how bad could it get?

Abstract

In recent years, Australia has experienced unprecedented heat, including heatwaves and record-breaking hot days, months, seasons and years. Australia has a naturally variable climate, but recent attribution studies show that our recent extremes are already being influenced by climate change. In this presentation, I will discuss these human influences on past, present and future extreme climate events in Australia. Are our recent extremes a sign of a new normal and how bad could it get?

Biography

Dr Sophie Lewis was appointed as the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment on 1 May 2020.

Her most recent role was as a climate scientist at the University of NSW Canberra. She was also a lead author on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, which are used worldwide to develop policies around climate change.

Dr Lewis was named 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year in recognition of her research, particularly on weather extremes and how climate change contributes to events such as bushfires and droughts.  In 2015 she was presented with the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Early Career Researcher Award for her work in climate science.

Her experience will bring a strong focus on climate change given her research background in this field, and her strong knowledge and connection to Canberra.

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