Dr. Kathy McInnes addresses Port Phillip Conservation Council in Victoria, Australia. She leads the High-resolution Climate, Ocean and Extremes Group in CSIRO's Ocean and Atmosphere Business Unit dealing with how climate change will affect severe weather and coastal extreme sea levels in Australia and the Pacific. In addition, her work also assists local government manage and adapt to climate change, and she was also the lead author of IPCC’s 2019 “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere.ˮ Dr McInnes earlier spoke at a meeting organised between Port Phillip Conservation Council and the Blue Wedges Coalition in 2006 during their campaign against the Port Phillip Bay Channel deepening. They were concerned at the time about possible synergies between channel-deepening-related changes to Port Phillip Bay and the looming impacts of climate change, related to sea-level rise and the stronger coastal winds and storm surges expected. They hoped back then that the public and government would join the dots on climate change and the Channel Deepening Project, related to increasing water levels in Port Phillip Bay. At that 2006 speech, Dr. McIinnis spoke on Climate change and the Coast: Evidence Projections and Responses, and 16 years later she agreed to revisit that speech, reviewing projections and presenting evidence from the last sixteen years. So, this was an opportunity to reflect on what's been achieved and perhaps opportunities lost since 2006.
NB: A note from the camera-person and editor of the film of this talk: Unfortunately the usual equipment was not available on the night and we had to make the best in a situation of poor lighting. Dr McInnes' speech is clear and interesting and we are able to follow her timeline on the film, despite the technical problems.