Scientists may have solved an ecological riddle
A team of scientists may have solved the riddle of why plants that work with bacteria to convert atmospheric nitrogen gas into an essential biological nutrient (ammonia) tend to prevail in the world’s tropical regions rather than higher latitudes.
Tropical forest sustainability: a climate change boon
Improved management of the world’s tropical forests has major implications for humanity’s ability to reduce its contribution to climate change, according to a paper published today in the international journal, Science.
Understanding autumn rain decline in SE Australia
Fluctuations in sea-surface temperatures to the north of Australia and changes in atmospheric circulation patterns over the sub-tropical Indian Ocean have been identified as key factors leading to declining rainfalls in south-eastern Australia since 1950.
Science solves puzzle of marine management
CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship and the Western Australian Government have developed practical tools to help planners manage potentially competing uses of Australia’s marine ecosystems.
Monitoring Asia-Pacific disasters from space
A space-based international Earth observation network to detect and monitor natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region has been formed with a substantial contribution from Australian science.
Human-generated aerosols affect our weather
The rise of human-generated pollution in the global atmosphere is forcing a change in ocean circulation in the Southern Hemisphere, in turn affecting our region’s weather systems.
Submersible in 2.5 km dive for climate science
Australian and US scientists will next week use an unmanned submersible to locate live and fossilised deep-ocean corals south of Tasmania to track changes in climate in the southern hemisphere.
New centre to focus on climate and weather research
The Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research have joined forces to focus their weather and climate research efforts into a new joint research centre. Staff are located primarily in Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, as well as Perth, Brisbane and Darwin.
Decline in uptake of carbon emissions confirmed
A decline in the proportion of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions absorbed by land and oceans is speeding up the growth of atmospheric CO2, according to a paper published today in the US Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Climate scientists share in Nobel Peace Prize
Australian scientists who have been leading contributors to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been recognised for the crucial part they played in the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC.
Ningaloo fishing impacts being investigated
The effect of recreational fishing on key fish populations in the Ningaloo Marine Park is being investigated as part of a Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship study of the effects of human activity on Ningaloo.
Original climate benchmark makes a comeback
An original climate benchmark first identified for South Australian farmers in the 1860’s –Goyder’s Line – is on the move, according to a review by scientists and primary producers.
Ocean ‘supergyre’ link to climate regulator
Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway – or ‘supergyre’ – linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins in research that will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate.
Adaptation – reducing Australia’s climate impacts
A greater focus on adapting to climate change is required to reduce Australia’s vulnerability, according to a final report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published today.
Australian Beer elected President
An Australian research scientist has been elected President of the international body that guides research into the nature of our planet.
Study shows Tropics absorbing Northern emissions
An international research team, including three CSIRO scientists, has thrown new light on the way that carbon dioxide produced by industrial activities in the northern hemisphere is absorbed by vegetation across the globe, particularly in tropical regions.