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Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Public Lecture

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University of the Sunshine Coast

90 Sippy Downs Drive

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Following the very successful inaugural Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Sunshine Coast public seminar in February, and in association with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Geography discipline, the second in the series of public lectures is:

Shrinking glaciers? Cautionary tales from North America and New Zealand.” by Professor Jamie Shulmeister.

Mountain Glaciers are regarded as one of the canaries in the mine for global warming. They are very sensitive to changes in temperature and around the world many mountain glaciers have retreated very rapidly. In some places, like the European Alps, this retreat has been going on for centuries. In others it is much more recent. Despite the overall pattern, a few glaciers in regions as far apart the Pacific north-west of America and New Zealand bucked the global trend. In the talk I will outline what is happening to glaciers world wide, why the NZ and Pacific NW glaciers were different and why they are now also retreating. The talk will be well illustrated.

Jamie Shulmeister is a Physical Geographer who specialises in Geomorphology and the science of past climate change. He is a Professor of Geography at the University of Queensland. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, he first got interested in climate change reading about the end of the Viking settlements in Greenland and then worked in Canada, before ending up in Australia. While he works from the tropics to the poles, glaciers are his favourite research topic. He was worked on them worldwide, including in Antarctica, Tibet Plateau, Rockies and especially in New Zealand. Jamie is the current President of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.

Location: Lecture theatre 2, K Block

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Email: Associate Professer Jennifer Carter

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