Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Observations and Modelling Conference

Australia’s leading researchers in atmospheric composition measurement and modelling came together earlier this month for the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Observations and Modelling Conference, hosted by CSIRO.

The purpose of this conference was to better understand the role of atmospheric chemistry and composition in global atmospheric change. The conference also provided the forum for multi-disciplinary collaboration in developing a coordinated regional approach to characterising atmospheric processes.

Given CAUL Hub’s leading research into urban air quality, Clare Murphy and Elise-Andreé Guérette each presented on Project 1 and 7 research and findings. Clare outlined CAUL Hub’s campaign ‘Characterising Organic Aerosol Loading in Australia – Joint Organic Emissions Year-round Study’ and Elise discussed the research project’s characterisation of biogenic volatile organic compounds in the greater Sydney region. Researchers were excited by the many advances being made in atmospheric modelling, including efforts to model pollen pollution and the thunderstorm asthma effect.

Victorian Planning Institute of Australia Awards

The National Creating Healthy Liveable Cities Report won the ‘Cutting Edge Research and Technology’ category of the Victorian Planning Institute of Australia Awards last Friday.

This report is the first “baseline” measure of liveability in Australia’s state and territory capitals and represents the culmination of 5 years of research. The report will now go through to the National Awards for Planning Excellence ceremony, which acknowledges the best of planning and planners around Australia.

You can read the full report here.

Biogenic emissions campaign

There is growing recognition of the importance of biogenic emissions on atmospheric chemistry and air quality within urban air-sheds (especially in cities surrounded by densely forested regions). A collaborative campaign involving the University of Wollongong and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will involve running the Biogenic Ambient Atmospheric Sampling System (BAASS) for state-of-the-science measurements of the chemicals emitted by trees (biogenic volatile organic compounds or VOCs). The campaign will begin in earnest in the coming weeks and will form the prelude to the larger scale International campaign COALA (Characterising Organics and Aerosol Loading in Australia). Find out more here.

ANZAPS Conference

CAUL Hub researcher Jago Dodson delivered a keynote presentation at the Australia and New Zealand Planning Schools Conference 2018, hosted by the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Jago’s presentation argued that we are witnessing the emergence of a new global tier of planning policy and urban governance via the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals with an array of global institutions promoting these frameworks.