Renowned climate scientist Professor Gretta Pecl will present this year's Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture at the University of Wollongong on Friday.
"What does climate change mean for Australia's coasts and oceans?" is the name of the talk to be presented by Prof Pecl on August 16.
She is the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.
"What is important is that we understand the changes that are coming, we prepare for them and we adapt the best we can," Prof Pecl said.
Prof Pecl and her international colleagues are working in global ocean hotspots that are the fastest-warming ocean regions in the world.
"Hotspots are like natural laboratories in many ways. It's like peering into the future," she said.
"We can watch how climate change is already impacting the fastest warming regions and assess what those impacts might mean for food security and seafood industries across the globe."
At the lecture she will also discuss how the broader community can help to adapt to the impact of climate change on our oceans.
The Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture runs from 5.30pm on Friday, August 16 in the ground floor of building 43.