Risks & Opportunities for the Blue Economy

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Webinar: Risks & Opportunities for the Blue Economy

Wednesday 17 August 2022
3pm – 5pm (AEST)

This presentation provides an introduction to the ‘Risks and Opportunities for the Blue Economy’ project, giving context to the work and a high-level view of the logical structure of the work. The following speakers will flesh out the detail of how the work was delivered and what it uncovered.

Presentation 1:
Challenges and lessons from working across diverse sectoral expertise
Presented by: Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Knowledge Broker, CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere
Jess will explore some of the challenges from working with a diverse group of project participants with very different domain knowledge and perspectives of risk as part of the risks and opportunities project. She will also reflect on some key lessons learnt from this process, to help guide future work.

Presentation 2:
Associate Professor Chris Brown, Griffith University
Chris will describe the methods used and demonstrate the applications used to elicit the information.

Presentation 3:
Dr Mischa Turschwell, Griffith University
Mischa will present the final results of the work

Presentation 4:
Exploring Blue Economy hazards and opportunities through an online registry
Presented by Dr Myriam Lacharité, Marine Spatial Analyst, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Myriam will describe the online registry developed as part of the risks and opportunities project. The registry allows users to interactively explore different hazards across multiple domains related to emerging Blue Economy industries.

Followed by Q&A facilitated by Dr Beth Fulton, Domain Leader Integrated Ocean Stewardship
CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Centre for Marine Socioecology University of Tasmania


Name: Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas
Affiliation: Knowledge Broker @CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a senior research scientist with CSIRO and leads the marine social-ecological systems team in the coast and oceans research program. Her work is focussed on connecting science, policy and practice for sustainability and climate change adaptation. Jess was a lead author on the IPCC’s 2019 special report on the oceans & cryosphere in a changing climate and she leads the knowledge production theme with the Centre for Marine Socioecology. She was the 2020 Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

Name: Dr Chris Brown
Affiliation: Associate Professor @Griffith University

Chris leads a team of quantitative environmental scientists at Griffith University and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. His team uses advances in statistical modelling approaches to synthesize ecological data and inform environmental decision making. Their latest project will study the limits to predicting the unprecedented change facing ocean ecosystems.

Name: Dr Mischa Turschwell
Affiliation: Research Fellow @Griffith University

Mischa is a quantitative aquatic ecologist at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre. He has research experience in both freshwater and marine ecosystems and uses statistical modelling approaches to quantify how anthropogenic pressures impact species and habitats.

Name: Dr Myriam Lacharité
Affiliation: Marine Spatial Analyst @Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Myriam’s work focuses on applied marine geospatial modelling for the blue economy. Her current research projects examines the sustainable development of marine industries, including integrated risk assessments, spatial modelling to support decision-making for aquaculture siting, development of the Tasmania’s Marine Atlas, seabed mapping applications, spatialization of ecosystems and biodiversity, and inclusion of socio-cultural values in marine spatial planning. Prior to joining the University of Tasmania in 2019, Myriam worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in seafloor mapping in Applied Research at the Nova Scotia Community College and holds a PhD in Oceanography from Dalhousie University (Canada).


Name: Dr Beth Fulton
Affiliation: Domain Leader Integrated Ocean Stewardship @CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Centre for Marine Socioecology UTas

Educated at James Cook University and the University of Tasmania Beth has been with the CSIRO for more than 20 years. The common theme to Beth’s work has been on developing system-scale decision support tools in support of sustainable management of potentially competing uses of marine environments and adaptation to global change. She has advanced this work by taking a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach.