The 15th Elizabeth Chan Cheng E-lay Geography Academic Lecture was successfully launched by the Geography Department on Thursday, 21 January 2010. Dr. Michael Trapasso from the Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University, USA, was our honourable speaker for the lecture.
Prof. Tsoi Ah-Chung, Vice-President (Research & Institutional Advancement), presented a welcoming address. Dr. Trapasso’s well-illustrated and informative speech was very appreciated by all and attracted an audience of over 100 people.
The lecture dealt with “Tourism in the ‘Land of the Ozone Hole’: A Perception Study”. Dr. Trapasso shared with audience the findings of his study, in which people in various regions of Argentina and scientists on the Antarctic Peninsula were interviewed. His study focussed on perspectives concerning the Ozone Hole and included people’s worries about its possible health implications. The research included different populations, including: scientists, government officials, journalists, economists, local inhabitants, and tourists. Each group had a varying knowledge base concerning the actual ozone problems, and consequently had differing perceptions of the issues involved. The widest range of perspectives about the “Land of the Ozone Hole” were obtained from tourists, both Argentine and overseas.
Dr. Trapasso’s expertise lies in the atmospheric and earth sciences. Renowned in the field of applied climatology, Dr. Trapasso has a wealth of experience in consultation, as well as research that has been published extensively; and presented at scores of professional meetings in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked with educational television and radio broadcasts, and is a popular speaker on a variety of geographical and historical topics.