Phoebe Walsh was part of a group exploring how to reconcile different views about earth’s resources.

Phoebe attends global gathering

A Cork early-career researcher was among a global gathering in Dublin recently which examined the transition to a low carbon economy.

Phoebe Walsh from Dillon’s Cross was one of a group of 45 early-career geologists and social scientists from 11 developing and 9 developed countries exploring interdisciplinary and global discussion on how to reconcile different views about earth’s resources.

Ms Walsh is a PhD researcher at the UCD School of Earth Sciences, where she carries out research funded by the Marine Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency. Her work examines how both human activities and ocean movement impact on how carbon is stored in our seas and on the seabed, an area of study known as Blue Carbon. She was representing UCD’s iCRAG centre at the gathering which was part of a ReSToRE summer school.

Director of the ReSToRE International Summer School, Dr Geertje Schuitema, said: “Our programme draws from the social sciences, humanities, and natural and physical sciences to examine how we might transition to a low-carbon society in ways that are socially acceptable, economically affordable, and technically feasible.”

Jointly organised by iCRAG and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), the summer school is held under the patronage of UNESCO and its participants come from countries including Nepal, Namibia, Zambia and many more.