Climate Change and the Coast

Climate change has an intrinsic and complex impact on coastlines. Life is tough in the inter-tidal zone, where animals and plants exploit habitats Goldilocks-style, attempting to find a place that is not too wet or too dry, not too warm or too cold, not too battered by the waves and not too stagnant. Competition is high, conditions are challenging and life is vulnerable.

Artist: Linda Cox

Please see below for artist's notes and invitation for feedback

Art and Climate:  How can the Natural History Artist disseminate scientific data on impacts of climate change on coastal estuarine ecosystems?

I am a Natural History Illustrator and a horticulturalist.  My love and connection to nature, together with my concern for the future of our environment, has led me to explore the above question through research and creative practice.   Research indicates that if carbon dioxide emissions are reduced and are no longer accumulating in the atmosphere, then climate change can largely be mitigated.  Changing public perceptions, education and advocacy are needed in order to reach this goal and art may help convey this message.

 

This research focusses on the local estuarine environments on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia.  It is estimated that two out of three Australians and four out of five people in NSW are likely to have significantly altered lifestyles due to the impacts of climate change on these areas.

 

These field sheets are worked up from my initial field research and will form part of a larger body of works, ‘an exhibition book’, that will detail the natural history of estuarine environments and projected climate change impacts.

 

Garnering feedback in these times is difficult and I would be curious as to your response to my research and illustrations so far.  My email is Linda.cox@newcastle.edu.au and if you could take the time to respond in any way I would appreciate it.

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