Australian twins Imogen and Freya (holding globe) Wadlow
will be attending the Stratosphere-troposphere Process and
their Role in Climate conference which begins tomorrow in
Queenstown. Photo supplied.
Sydney twins Imogen and Freya Wadlow (18) have a busy
week ahead of them.
The pair are aiming to decode climate scientists' language
from a conference which begins in Queenstown tomorrow into
something more understandable.
They were invited to attend the general assembly of the
Stratosphere-troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate
[Sparc] by Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific, who is based
in Alexandra and co-chairman of the project.
The conference will discuss the upper atmosphere and its
effect on climate.
Imogen Wadlow said at a conference in Canberra, they had
talked to Dr Bodeker about whether scientific language was
''What we want to achieve is to engage teenagers in science
and get them excited and motivated about it,'' she said.
The pair have just finished their first year at Macquarie
University, both studying a double degree in science and
politics. Imogen is majoring in climate science.
''We met Greg ... at another geo-engineering conference in
Canberra ... and he invited us to come over on a
communications role to decode what the climate scientists
were talking about - because it is very important ideas they
will be talking about - and to communicate this in a way
that's easier to understand and specifically target it
The twins have been co-funded by Macquarie University's
Department of Environment and Geography and Sparc for the
After listening to lectures and interviewing climate
scientists they will make short videos to put on YouTube,
update social media and write articles for their websites
planetpatrol.info, which they set up aged 10, and i-fink.com.
They will be focusing on lectures or topics ''we think will
be exciting or relevant''.
Sparc was founded in 1992 and is one of the four core
projects in the World Climate Research Programme. The
conference's four key topics of climate variability and
change, ozone, atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, and polar
processes, are to be discussed over five and a-half days,
concluding on Friday.
In 2012, Dr Bodeker told the Queenstown Times Sparc ''is all
about how stratospheric processes affect climate and New
Zealand is one of the countries strongly affected by this''
and that was a core reason why he sought a New Zealand
location for the conference.
About 280 international and national scientists will be
attending the conference.