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Melbourne Was Underwater?

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The experts have spoken – there’s no doubt the water is rising. But what will it mean for Melburnians?

Your suburban backyard might not be growing seaweed, but the effects will be felt across our city as we adapt to new ways of being. What might rising water levels mean for our ports and for waste management? How will our roads and sewage systems be affected? Will we see a new wave of migration from other Australian cities that have been hit even harder? The reality of our future is upon us – how will we stay afloat?

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week.

Featuring

David Sornig

David Sornig’s Blue Lake: finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp (Scribe, 2018) charts the loss of the wetlands on the western edge of central Melbourne and rise of the rubbish tips and shanties that replaced them. He is the author of the novel Spiel (UWAP, 2009) and his fiction and no... Read more

Karen White

Karen White is a water professional with a passion for combining science with policy to improve the management of waterways and the wellbeing of communities. Working locally and internationally, Karen has spent the last 20 years helping governments and businesses understand the water challenges they... Read more

Erin O'Donnell

Dr Erin O’Donnell is a water law and policy specialist and is recognized internationally for her research into the ground-breaking new field of legal rights for rivers and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of ri... Read more

Andi Horvath

Andi Horvath has been commenting on science and culture online, on air and on the go since she was let out of the lab. Ask her about her latest podcasting adventures. She was a science broadcaster on 3RRR for over 20 years, alongside appearances on ABC TV and radio. She has developed major exhibiti... Read more

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