Free Public Lecture: Forests As Carbon Sinks - Benefits And Consequences

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FREE public lecture: Forests as carbon sinks – benefits and consequences

As the Australian Government considers how best to tackle climate change, scientists

and land managers around the world are grappling with measures to offset the impact of

greenhouse gas emissions, including through the establishment of new forests.

While planting trees is a positive for carbon sequestration, increasing forest cover will

also influence climate and affect water yield. Getting the balance right involves

consideration of many complex and inter-related factors.

Dr David Whitehead is a leading international expert on measuring and mitigating

greenhouse gas emissions from terrestrial systems, whose work has contributed to the

awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

David is currently Science Team Leader, Global Change Processes at Landcare

Research, New Zealand.

Dr Whitehead’s lecture this week will examine the impact of climate on forests, but also

the influence that forests – and increased forest cover – have on climate. The public

lecture is the opening event of a major scientific conference being hosted in Victoria and

Tasmania this week by the Australian Academy of Sciences and IUFRO - a non-profit,

non-governmental international network of forest scientists, promoting global

cooperation in forest-related research.

FREE public lecture:

6pm, 7 October 2010

State Library of Victoria State Library of Victoria 

Conference Centre

174 Little Lonsdale Street 

Entrance via La Trobe Street

Dr Whitehead is available for media interviews prior to and following the


Contact: Samantha Meyer, Communications Manager, CRC for Forestry

0438 210 468


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

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