Industry Award for RPS’ Chief Sediment Scientist

RPS’ Piers Larcombe achieved success, winning the Eric Anderson Award at the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (EIANZ) Conference Gala Dinner on Monday night, in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Eric Anderson Award recognises the best article in the EIANZ’s journal, the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management (AJEM), in 2016 -2017. It was presented to RPS’ Piers Larcombe and Murdoch University’s Angus Morrison-Saunders for their article ‘Managing marine environments and decision-making requires better application of the physical sedimentary sciences’ which appeared in the June 2017 issue.

Piers said he was incredibly honoured to be recognised with the award.

“We raised a series of thought-provoking concepts in the article, questioning whether the use of sedimentary science for management of marine environments lags behind that used for terrestrial settings” he said.

“I hope that the additional recognition the award brings can help to boost the use of sedimentary sciences in marine environmental management, and can influence the direction of marine science regulation so that it better performs its very necessary role in helping protect the marine environment”.

The article examines the veracity of the application of the marine physical sciences within the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, using turbidity measurement and sediment transport pathways as examples.

The judging panel, made up of Dr Paul Eagles (Canada), Dr Claire Freeman (New Zealand), Dr Geoff Syme (Australia) and Dr Bec McIntyre (Australia) called it ‘One of the most challenging articles in AJEM for some time’. They said ‘it recognises the scientific difficulties in dealing with marine sediment issues in policy’, and ‘identifies extremely important flaws in the current EIA system and importantly addresses potential ways forward’.

RPS is world renowned for its experience and capability in physical oceanography and marine and land-based meteorology provided through its specialist MetOcean team. We provide integrated technical services for major marine projects in Australasia, and promote the uptake of physical and sedimentary science into environmental, engineering, archaeological and regulatory work.

The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (EIANZ) is a not-for-profit, professional association for environmental practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand.

Picture – L-R: Di Buchan (The Simon Molesworth Award winner), Mark Breitfuss (Mary-Lou Morris Award winner) and Piers Larcombe (Eric Anderson Award winner) with their awards.  (Piers’ 7 year-old daughter provided his colourful tie for the evening).