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The Impact Of Coal Dust In The Hunter Valley


Wed 19 Aug 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: University of Technology, Sydney, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: ACEMS

Newcastle is home to the world’s largest coal export port. Loaded coal trains travel to the Port from mines located all throughout the Hunter. Because the train tracks cut through residential neighborhoods, local citizens are concerned that resulting coal dust emissions are reducing air quality and potentially causing adverse health effects. In an attempt to address citizen concerns, the NEW Environmental Protection Authority commissioned a study designed to the impact of passing trains on the levels of particulate matter measured in the air.

For National Science Week mathematician Prof Louise Ryan will give a non-technical discussion of the analysis and describe the challenges she faced in the analysis and strategies used to tackle these problems. The talk will illustrate the challenge of tackling real world problems such as this, especially when there are financial, political and societal implications in play.

Alan Malecki, Professor Ryan’s PhD student, will talk about the usefulness of modern visualization techniques in making sense of large, messy datasets like this one.

When: Wednesday, August 19 2015. 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Green Lecture Theater, Building 7, level 2, room 25, University of Technology Sydney
Cost: Free