Local climate change studied

A visiting Australian scholar will work with UBC to examine the recent record of climate change

A visiting Australian scholar will work with researchers at the University of B.C. to examine the recent record of climate change in the Okanagan.

The opportunity, according to Bernard Bauer, who teaches earth and environmental sciences and geography at UBC, will allow researchers to compare the history and current conditions of the two regions.

“Areas of Australasia and the Okanagan are showing similar climate change impacts, particularly as they relate to changing precipitation patterns and recurring drought,” said Bauer.

“Gaining access to the expertise of researchers from other parts of the world can help us better understand our own situation because the atmosphere and oceans are globally connected.”

Jamie Shulmeister, a researcher at the University of Queensland, specializes in paleoclimatology, glacial geology, and coastal evolution.

“Understanding the climatic conditions of ages past provides researchers with a point of reference when looking at the various contributing factors of today’s changing climate and forecasting what regions such as the Okanagan might expect in the future,” said Shulmeister.

“I look forward to working with local researchers to explore the similarities and differences in our experiences and determining what aspects of our common issues are being influenced by global conditions.”

Shulmeister will hold a public discussion, Back to the Future: How New Zealand’s Ancient Glaciers Can Help Solve the Riddle of Canada’s Changing Climate, at Vernon’s Okanagan Science Centre Thursday from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Tickets are free.