2021 AWES Summer Lecture

The Australasian Wind Engineering Society will host its first public lecture for 2021 on 29 January, 2021. The topic will be Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change and the speaker will be Dr Hamish Ramsay from the CSIRO. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from the wind engineering, atmospheric science, building codes and cyclone risk modelling community participating. All are invited to join this free online public lecture and discussion. Further details on the topic and speaker are provided below.

Lecture summary: Hazards from tropical cyclones, including extreme winds, rain, and storm surge, are expected to worsen as the climate continues to warm. This talk will provide an overview of the recent historical and future projected changes of these hazards out to the end of this century, with a particular focus on the Australian and South Pacific regions. Current strategies, tools, and challenges for assessing the hazard component of cyclone risk to a particular location will also be discussed.

Speaker: Hamish Ramsay is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, Oceans and Atmosphere, where he currently researches extreme weather and climate, with a particular focus on tropical cyclones. Hamish is the deputy chief investigator of the NESP Earth Systems Climate Change Hub project ‘Extreme Weather Hazards in a Changing Climate’. His research interests are in tropical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, severe local storms, and atmospheric dynamics. A large component of Hamish’s research is on the response of tropical cyclone frequency and intensity to climate variability and change. He works collaboratively across institutes to better understand climate change impacts on extreme weather events, working with stakeholders to assist them in decision making and future planning. Prior to working at CSIRO, Hamish worked at Monash University where he was a lecturer in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, where he was a postdoctoral fellow. He has a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Panel Members: Confirmed panel members include, Dr John Holmes (JDH Conculting and Chair of AS/NZS1170.2 committee), Dr Bruce Harper (Systems Engineering Australia), with more to come. The discussion will be moderated by the AWES Chair, Dr Matthew Mason (University of Queensland).

Registration: Those interested in attending this free lecture and panel discussion can register here.

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