Understanding tropical cyclones
Tropical cyclones threaten northern Australia every year. Recent Australian flooding and cyclonic events can be largely explained by a strong La Niña. However, sea surface temperatures off the northern Australian coast in 2011 were at or near record levels. The extremely high sea surface temperatures are part of a significant warming of the oceans that has been observed in the past 50 years. These pages provide some information about the causes, occurrence and impacts of tropical cyclones.
Thirsty natives: impact of drought on plant species
This fact sheet details how CSIRO Plant Industry scientists are investigating the impact of extreme drought on the population dynamics and evolution of both native and introduced plant species in arid and semi-arid regions of Australia. (2 pages)
Scorched gum leaves: fuel for fire?
In a bushfire, sometimes the leaves of eucalypt trees don’t appear to burn thoroughly. Instead they change from green to brown and are left hanging on the trees. Could these leaves be fuel for another fire?
Plants and climate change
CSIRO is identifying the likely impacts of climate change on plant growth and production and its effects on farming.
Exploring sustainable futures in Natimuk
CSIRO scientists, Regional Development Victoria, local government and local residents have explored together possible sustainable futures for the community of Natimuk, in Western Victoria.