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Changes to ocean temperature affect Australia’s climate variability

Marine science and oceanography expeditions by the Wealth from Oceans Flagship are continuing to research the impact on Australia’s climate caused by changes to the Southern Ocean and its composition.

Monitoring team receives CSIRO’s top award in 2004

A team of mathematicians and environment scientists have won CSIRO's top award for a suite of environmental mapping tools that help fight salinity.
Meet the team creating maps that help address key environmental issues.

Investigating the potential interaction between monsoon systems in Australia and China

CSIRO researchers are working with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science to analyse the relationship between southern Australia’s winter rainy season and East Asia’s summer monsoon season.

A new simple, fast and inexpensive technique for measuring carbon in soils

CSIRO's technique will help predict the carbon status of any region in Australia.

Understanding our living atmosphere

CSIRO's Living Atmosphere research is seeking ways to ensure a healthy atmosphere, a better understanding of our changing atmosphere, and the interactions between land and atmosphere.

Leading climate change research in the Southern Hemisphere

A key question for the world is no longer ‘Will the climate change?’ but rather ‘How will it change?’ CSIRO is providing information to enhance the capability of governments, business and the community to respond to climate change in the future.

Understanding the connections between land and atmosphere

CSIRO research is improving our understanding of how the interactions between land and atmosphere can impact on climate, water resources, environmental health and productivity.

In search of sustainability

Achieving sustainability will require major changes in our current approaches. The thought-provoking chapters in this book provide a solid introduction to the issues in the search for a genuine path to sustainability. The book In Search of Sustainability provides an introduction to the issues before us to find a genuine path to sustainability.

Indonesian throughflow

View a short animated video of the ocean currents to the north of Australia which influence regional weather patterns and climate. (0:10)

Global nitrogen fixation distribution - a plant ecology mystery

Researchers may have shown why nitrogen fixing 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.

Global Carbon Project figures

A factsheet detailing the 2007 data for the Global Carbon Project, a joint international project on the global carbon cycle.

Giving yachties a competitive edge

Oceanographers are using satellite images to identify a range of features important in understanding the ocean around Australia – sea surface heights, water temperatures, current speed and direction.

CSIRO's contribution to Garnaut Climate Change Review

CSIRO experts are available for media interviews to provide information about the science in the Garnaut Climate Change Review Draft Report.

Forecasting: dealing with uncertainty

CSIRO is finding new ways of reporting uncertainties in forecasts, such as climate change predictions, for more reliable environmental planning and policy making.

Fields of discovery: Australia's CSIRO

Celebrates the inspiring and often dramatic journey of one of the world’s most enduring scientific bodies.

Establishing planetary boundaries for safety and survival

CSIRO has contributed to a new approach to help safeguard the world from dangerous levels of climate change and other global environmental threats through the setting of planetary boundaries.

Using remote sensing for environmental monitoring and mapping

Remote sensing is an important tool in environmental management, providing up-to-date, detailed information about land condition and use.

Science for our environment

CSIRO and its partners seek to develop solutions to Australia’s environmental challenges. CSIRO is committed to the challenge of using science, combined with community and industry knowledge, to make sure that our ecosystems are sustainable for the long term prosperity of Australia.

Environmental and agricultural informatics: strength in numbers

Major issues such as climate change, sustainable fisheries and urban water quality benefit from CSIRO's statistical and mathematical expertise. Our methods are being adopted and, in some cases, mandated by state and federal governments, and international agencies.

Dust, dust and more dust

Atmospheric scientist, Dr Ross Mitchell, from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, explains how the September 2009 dust storms occurred and were projected in these forecast animations indicating where and how quickly the dust spread across the continent.

CSIRO energy and renewables research

CSIRO’s commitment to renewable research has shifted to focus in areas where investment can deliver the most significant impact. See some answers to the questions we face on our energy and renewables research.

Deep-sea corals provide key to climate change

Corals taken from depths of 1 000 metres are signalling a previously unknown pattern of temperate and oceanic climate change that has occurred over the past 200 years.

CSIRO’s climate system model adopted for use by Australian universities

In 2005-06, the CSIRO Mk3L model, a comprehensive climate system model, was the first Australian climate system model that has been made generally available to university users. 

Refuting claims that climate forecasts are all up in the air

Dr Andrew Ash, Acting Director of the Climate Adaption Flagship, responds to an article titled 'Forecasts all up in the Air' by Professor Bob Carter, of James Cook University, that appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail 30 June 2007.

Climate change effects on marine ecosystems report

Co-author of the Impacts of climate change on Australian marine life report, Dr Alistair Hobday, says climate change is likely to have important consequences for spawning patterns and productivity cycles in the ocean.

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