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Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT)

The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) is a collaboration between CSIRO and the State Government of Queensland. Research at QCAT covers robotics and automation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, casting processes, mining science and engineering and improvement of iron ore processing.

Dr Simon Ferrier: researching new analytical approaches to biodiversity assessment and conservation

Dr Simon Ferrier is developing macroecological modelling approaches to assessing and projecting impacts of global change on biodiversity, to inform policy development, planning and management.

Sustainable ocean ecosystems and living resources

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is delivering science and technology to help sustain life in Australia's ocean realm.

Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming

This project is identifying and evaluating climate adaptation options for land managers with grazing, mixed grazing/cropping and cropping enterprises to maintain or boost their profitability.

Dr Matthew Colloff: researching ecosystem functions and services

Dr Matthew Colloff: researching ecosystem functions and services

Developing climate change resilient agribusinesses

CSIRO is working with primary producers to research practical management solutions to adapt to climate change.

Australian primary industries transforming for a changing climate – working towards a blueprint

The CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship is working towards understanding how primary industry businesses, communities and sectors can transform their practices to adapt to climate change.

Case study - Advancing vintages: wine-growing and climate change

Diary entries from southern Australian vineyards are reflecting the climatic changes growers are experiencing - with grape maturity at vineyards under study advancing by an average of 1.7 days a year since 1993.

Science into Society

The Science into Society Group applies social science expertise to understand human response to nationally-identified challenges, connecting stakeholders with the knowledge emerging from the latest scientific research. The Group has expertise across a broad range of social and natural sciences, and specialises in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and society.

Crops ready for a different future climate

CSIRO has studied traits of wheat, sorghum and sugarcane varieties better able to cope with anticipated future climate conditions.

Seeing more than carbon for the trees

Schemes that offer economic incentives for growing trees for carbon present an opportunity to reverse trends in land clearing but also to restore ecosystem services – such as pest control, pollination, soil and water conservation.

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest scientific knowledge as at 2011 on a series of climate change topics relevant to Australia and the world. It draws on peer-reviewed literature contributed to by thousands of researchers. Available as a free eBook.

Understanding healthy urban systems

A new collaborative research program is researching how urban environments and food systems affect human health.

Marine Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Rising ocean temperatures pose a threat to fisheries and marine biodiversity. CSIRO scientists are studying how climate change will affect Australia’s oceans, and developing adaptation options to respond to these challenges.

Change: Adapt now for the future

Some changes are quite certain. We know temperatures are rising on average; we know sea level is rising almost everywhere. For these sorts of changes, new incremental adaptations will often follow on from current strategies. (2 pages)

CSIRO Mining and Climate Adaptation QCAT Workshop 2009: Outcomes report

This report details the workshop held at Queensland Centre for Advanced Technology, Brisbane in 2009, which involved CSIRO’s mining and mine management expertise, to investigate the implications and foreseeable vulnerabilities to climate variability in the Australian mining industry and its attendant communities. (18 pages)

Pilbara Regional Mining Climate Change Adaptation Workshop: Report on workshop outcomes

This report details the process and findings of a workshop conducted in Perth for the Pilbara mining region, Western Australia in July 2011, investigating mining industry adaptation to climate change in the Pilbara region. (52 pages)

Value chains as a vehicle for climate change adaptation

CSIRO, the University of Queensland and University of Tasmania are collaborating with industry to investigate the value of chains in helping the agrifood sector adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Survey: Organisational responses to climate change

We are trying to understanding how organisations interact within a region and the influence of these interactions on the development and implementation of climate adaptation strategies.

Mining adaptation case study report: Learning from the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Extreme Weather Events Risk Assessment project

This report briefly describes and distils lessons from the Extreme Weather Events Risk Assessment project commissioned in 2011 by the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for their expanding Pilbara iron ore and infrastructure developments. (14 pages)

CAF Partnerships

Browse the Business index within Climate Adaptation Flagship.

Adaptation science: Opportunities and responses to climate change impacts

CSIRO is conducting research to help Australia address the challenges in adapting to climate change by providing the scientific basis to support sound adaptation decisions. (32 pages)

Dr Ryan McAllister: people, the environment, and policy

Dr Ryan McAllister studies how human behaviour interacts with our natural and built environments.

CAF Working Paper 16: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: From Conceptual Frameworks to Practical Heuristics

This working paper examines climate change vulnerability assessment practice to assist in enhancing the utility of such assessments for social learning and the facilitation of adaptation planning

Ms Peta Ashworth: understanding public perceptions to complex issues

Ms Peta Ashworth's work coordinates a range of social research projects for a number of CSIRO flagships as she and her team continually trial new and old ways to integrate social sciences into the scientific research programs of CSIRO.

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