Community invited to join researchers and experts at coastal forum
  • Friday 02 June 2017
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Jelly fish blooms, coastal erosion, the role of smart tech and sea level rise are just some of the topics that will be discussed when coastal engineering experts and policy makers take part in the Sunshine Coast’s third biannual coastal forum at Mooloolaba Surf Club on June 30.

Presenters at this year’s forum include writer, scientist and foremost jellyfish expert Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin and University of the Sunshine Coast geographer Dr Javier Leon who will join coastal management policy experts from State Government agencies and local government.

Environment portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the forum would focus on Coastal Hazard Adaptation issues as they affected our coast including coastal erosion, stormtide inundation and sea level rise. 

“The forum provides an important opportunity to bring together local residents, community groups, council and other professionals to discuss critical influences and issues impacting on our coastal environment,” Cr McKay said.

Throughout the day, attendees will discuss various coastal management topics from fish habitat management issues and coastal mapping for hazard adaptation to the role smart technology place in reducing the impacts of natural disasters.

Dr Gershwin will also launch her latest book, Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean which examines the links between jellyfish blooms and the state of the world’s oceans.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Registrations are essential and can be made online at http://sunshinecoast.i-events.info/link/id/zzzz56cd32ee1524a146/regform?evuid=zzzz58bdfd6295f82837