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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

Climate variability, climate change and drought in eastern Australia

Australia has a highly variable climate with a naturally occurring cycle of wet and dry periods. Droughts are an expected product of this variability.

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.

Autonomous systems

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.

Assessing the impacts of climate in Australia

In 2005-06, CSIRO provided the most authoritative assessments of the likely impact of global climate change for Australia.

Dr Aloke Phatak: going to extremes for climate research

Dr Aloke Phatak is using his expertise in climate statistics to help understand extreme weather events and phenomena.

Exploring how to adapt dairy enterprises to climate change

CSIRO researchers are working with Australian dairy farmers in northern Victoria, to explore how they can adapt their enterprises to climate change.

2009 Priestly Lecture: simulating changes in climate, sea ice and oceans

On 13 October, Professor Lawrence Mysak presented the 2009 Priestley Lecture at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Aspendale, Victoria. Watch his presentation in the video (62:48) or download the PowerPoint slides (49 pages).

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.

Future fire – still a wide open climate question

How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO’s Dr Melita Keywood.

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.

CSIRO dam break modelling to help flood planning

CSIRO scientists have developed powerful modelling techniques to help understand the full impact of flooding that occurs when dams collapse.

Research sheds new light on methane emissions from the northern beef herd

New CSIRO research indicates that the amount of methane emitted from cattle fed on tropical grasses in northern Australia is up to 30 per cent less than figures currently used to calculate the northern cattle industry’s contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas accounts.

Ocean warming detrimental to inshore fish species

Australian scientists have reported the first known detrimental impact of southern hemisphere ocean warming on a fish species.

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