Carbon dioxide, the ocean and climate change
The world’s oceans absorb more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide generated by human activities, however as they do so, their chemistry changes. This could have serious consequences for marine life
Marine life and our changing climate
As our oceans warm, the ranges of marine species are likely to change as they adapt to the changing conditions. Nutrient availability and ocean acidification will also affect marine species as our climate changes.
Charcoal: understanding nature’s filter
A new understanding of how charcoal formed in natural events like bushfires can minimise the effect of pollutants in soil and sediments as well as aquatic environments is made available through the results of this study.
Putting remote sensing on the map
CSIRO and the Department of Climate Change have developed remote sensing tools and technologies that allow Australia to accurately measure land cover change since 1972.
BOC licenses ozone-safe fumigant
The licensing of a proven ozone-safe technology provides an example of CSIRO’s flexible approach to technology transfer and commercialisation.
Better estimates of air pollution in tunnels
In 2005-06, CSIRO scientists provided estimates of pollution emission rates from vehicles in road tunnels that are more accurate than figures previously used by road construction companies.
The Australian Water Availability Project
Water availability across Australia is being mapped in research that will help farmers and water managers prepare for drought, and use natural resources both productively and sustainably.
CSIRO is developing autonomous technologies to monitor the environment and infrastructure and improve safety and operating efficiency in the mining, manufacturing and agricultural industries.
Australasian ocean currents
Ocean currents have a significant impact on climate, and are in turn shaped by climatic conditions. The four main currents in the Australasian region are the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the Leeuwin Current, the Indonesian Throughflow and the East Australian Current.
Australian Air Quality Forecasting System
The Australian Air Quality Forecasting System predicts daily levels of photochemical smog, atmospheric particles (including wind-blown dust and smoke) and 22 other pollutants.
A new leaf turns in carbon science
A new insight into global photosynthesis, the chemical process governing how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide, has been revealed in research that will assist scientists to more accurately assess future climate change.
Understanding what causes droughts and floods
The latest research into how variations in the atmosphere and oceans combine to produce impacts like the major droughts and floods experienced recently in south-eastern Australia will be presented today in Canberra at a science workshop hosted by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI).
New climate change research team established
One of Australia's leading climate change modelling experts, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship’s Dr Wenju Cai, has been awarded a five-year CSIRO fellowship to establish a new research team examining climate influences on Australia.
Indian Ocean pirates impede climate observations
Australian scientists have sought the help of the United States and Australian navies to plug a critical gap in their Argo ocean and climate monitoring program caused by Somali pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean.
Record greenhouse gas levels: see for yourself
For the first time, greenhouse gas data are accessed easily on a new CSIRO website. The site shows the levels of greenhouse gases measured in the Southern Hemisphere atmosphere for the past 35 years.
Venice to suffer fewer storm surges
Venice – the City of Dreams – may have one less nightmare to deal with following a finding that the frequency of extreme storm surge events generated by Adriatic Sea tempests could fall by about 30 per cent by 2100.