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Plastic bottle caps found in the ocean (source: NOAA PIFSC) Ocean debris leads the way for castaway fisherman
05 February 2014
The fisherman who washed up on the Marshall Islands last weekend was very lucky to have stranded on a remote beach there. The currents in the Pacific Ocean would have inevitably taken him into the great garbage patch of the North Pacific, where he could then have been floating for centuries to come.

Man in heat wave Get used to heat waves: extreme El Niño events to double
20 January 2014
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Niños, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms.

Ocean clouds Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future
20 December 2013
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature that shows our climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates.

Earth Global warming doubles odds of abnormal El Niño
11 November 2013
Unusual El Niños, like those that led to the extraordinary super El Niño years of 1982 and 1997, will occur twice as often under even modest global warming scenarios.

Clouds El Niño events get more extreme as globe warms
28 October 2013
New research shows El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomena have been more active and intense during the 30-year period between 1979-2009 than at any time during the past 600 years.

IPCC logo Analysis: More certainty on climate
30 September 2013
There is still scientific work to do on attributing specific events to climate change, but we know enough to make policy decisions, write Professor Steve Sherwood and Dr Lisa Alexander.

CCRC logo Expertise: CCRC scientists contribute to IPCC report
26 September 2013
CCRC scientists have played a key role as authors and editors in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

Globe Is global warming in a hiatus?
19 September 2013
On September 27 2013 the 5th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be released. One part of this report will address the so-called “warming hiatus”.

Coral Global warming could change strength of El Niño
13 September 2013
Global warming could impact the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), altering the cycles of El Niño and La Niña events that bring extreme drought and flooding to Australia and many other Pacific-rim countries.

Patagonia (NASA WorldWind) Global warming endangers South American water supply
30 July 2013
Chile and Argentina may face critical water storage issues due to rain-bearing westerly winds over South America’s Patagonian Ice-Field moving south as a result of global warming.

Sydney Harbour Sydney's urban areas to be hit hardest by global warming
08 July 2013
Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney’s suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney’s urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

Antarctic explorers Announcing the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014
06 May 2013
To mark the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by the great scientist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, Professor Chris Turney and Dr Chris Fogwill of the CCRC are leading a privately-funded voyage of discovery to the Antarctic during the Austral summer of 2013-2014.

Adrift screen grab New website will let you Adrift away
24 April 2013
Dr Erik Van Sebille along with David Fuchs and Jack Murray has created a new website, Adrift, which allows visitors to track the path of flotsam for the next 10 years from almost any place by the ocean.

Tree rings Last 100 years reverse 1400 years of global cooling
22 April 2013
The first continental-scale reconstruction of temperatures over the past 2000 years by 78 scientists from 24 countries has highlighted the unusual nature of the 20th century warming.

Coral Global warming could corrode shallow reefs sooner than previously forecast
28 February 2013
Shallow coral reefs may be even more susceptible to increasing acidity caused by heightened levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans than previously recognised.

Dr Lisa Alexander Lisa Alexander wins Australian Academy of Science award
16 January 2013
Dr Lisa Alexander has been honoured by the Australian Academy of Science with the 2013 Dorothy Hill Award for female researchers in the earth sciences aged 40 years or younger.

Rubber ducky Plastics will pollute our oceans for hundreds of years
10 January 2013
Plastic garbage has made its way into every ocean in the world. New research shows that it doesn't matter where in the world plastic garbage enters the ocean, it can end up in any of the five ocean basins.

Lightning Warming world creates uncertainty for Pacific rainfall
20 November 2012
Global warming has increased the uncertainty around future rainfall patterns over some of the most vulnerable nations in the South Pacific Islands, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change.

CCRC logo CCRC researchers receive grants from 2013 Australian funding round
09 November 2012
Researchers from the Climate Change Research Centre have received five grants and awards in the most recent round of Australian research council's National Competitive Grants Program.

Ice Record Arctic ice melt concerns scientists
02 November 2012
Scientists have become increasingly concerned as ice cover around the Arctic reached a record low this year.

Dr Katrin Meissner Katrin Meissner receives 2012 UNSW Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award
01 October 2012
Dr Katrin Meissner from the CCRC has received the 2012 UNSW Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award.

Dr Chris Fogwill Warming ocean could start big shift of Antarctic ice
20 September 2012
Fast-flowing and narrow glaciers have the potential to trigger massive changes in the Antarctic ice sheet and contribute to rapid ice-sheet decay and sea-level rise, a new study has found.

COECSS logo Undergraduate Summer Scholarships
12 September 2012
The ARC Centre of Excellence Summer Scholarships in Climate System Science are highly competitive scholarship awards intended to provide undergraduate students from Australian universities an introduction to cutting-edge climate system research at the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC).

Tents in the snow CCRC researcher wins a Future Fellowship
01 August 2012
Dr Chris Fogwill has just been awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (ARC), whose aim is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers for Australia.

UNSW crest Dean's Honours Relocation Scholarship
24 July 2012
This scholarship, valued at $5,000, goes to cover the costs of relocation of non UNSW students.

UNSW crest Faculty Summer Vacation Research Scholarships 2012/2013
06 July 2012
Undergraduate students can apply for scholarships for research projects at CCRC.

Claire O'Neill CCRC researcher awarded Inspiring Australia grant
04 July 2012
CCRC Researcher Claire O’Neill has been awarded an Inspiring Australia project grant as part of her work developing Indigenous engagement in climate science.

Skier New data set shows decline in Australian snow season
03 July 2012
The maximum extent of Australian snowfields has reduced by up to 39% and the spring melt has started a month earlier over the past decade according to a new satellite dataset constructed by UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) Researcher Kat Borman.

Ocean waves Section of thermohaline circulation driven by transient eddies
28 June 2012
New research has found currents traversing the world’s oceans may not be as stable as previously thought after finding deep currents in the South Atlantic may actually be powered and steered by transient eddies.

Nandini Ramesh Tell-tale El Niño signal detectable 18 months ahead
25 June 2012
The origins of the El Niño climatic events that usually bring extended hot, dry conditions to much of Australia are detectable up to 18 months beforehand, a new study has found.

Queensland floods (Wikimedia Commons) Triple whammy: ocean warming, La Niña, and cyclone produced Queensland floods
17 May 2012
A record La Niña event coupled with tropical cyclone Tasha generated most of the record deluge of rain that devastated much of Queensland in December 2010, but a new study has found that another big culprit was also in play - record high sea-surface temperatures off northern Australia.

World from space (NASA) Air pollution may be driving expansion of tropics - black carbon and near-surface ozone most likely culprits
17 May 2012
Man-made pollutants are likely to be pushing the boundary of the tropics further polewards in the Northern Hemisphere according to new research by a team of scientists.

RCT-TEA logo Chinese Academy of Sciences visits CCRC
07 May 2012
A delegation from the Key Laboratory of Regional Climate-Environment Research For Temperate East Asia (RCE-TEA), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Science recently visited the CCRC/CoECSS.

Willem Huiskamp Willem's mystery interval study awarded CCRC prize
27 April 2012
Willem Huiskamp’s Honours research project on the “Mystery Interval” during the last deglaciation has won the 2011 Silicon Graphics Prize for Climate Research Using High Performance Computing.

Tasmania Detailed study reveals workings of major oceanic pathway
16 April 2012
Researchers from the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) and CSIRO have used a state-of-the-art ocean model to conduct the first detailed investigation of oceanic water flow between the Pacific and Indian Oceans via the south of Australia.

Data Reflections on Australia's e-research infrastructure in an international context
27 March 2012
Are climate researchers in Australia better off elsewhere?

Cloudy beach Be a part of Centre of Excellence's first Climate Science Winter School
23 March 2012
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science will host its first annual winter school on July 9-13 at the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

UNSW logo CCRC researcher wins the Priestley Medal
10 February 2012
Dr Lisa Alexander has just been named as the 2011 recipient of the Priestley Medal awarded by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS).

Green Screen logo Green Screen: Climate Fix Flicks film competition
05 December 2011
Climate scientists from Macquarie University, the University of Melbourne and Monash University have joined forces and come up with a unique way to raise awareness about climate change and the benefits of moving towards a low carbon future.

Antarctica (NASA) Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on Antarctica
05 December 2011
Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels plunged by 40% before and during the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet 34 million years ago, according to a new study.

Gulgong students Students learn about climate change
22 November 2011
Year-9 students have no problem understanding the principles of climate change if a recent meeting with 48 high school students from 6 central west towns is anything to go by.

Icebergs Greenhouse gases to overpower ozone hole in the coming decades
03 November 2011
One set of human-created gases is starting to relinquish its hold on Antarctic climate as another group of human emissions is starting to take hold, according to a paper in Nature Geoscience, co-authored by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Matthew England, -co-director of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre.

Wisdom Why experts refuse to debate climate
01 November 2011
Many climate scientists now refuse to take part in public forums debating climate change because it is impossible to do justice to the science.

Karin Kvale Karin's PhD transformed by SOLAS Summer School
06 October 2011
PhD student Karin Kvale was recently selected to take part in the prestigious 5th International Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Summer School, which is held in Cargese, Corsica every second year.

Ocean. Picture by John Nyberg, courtesy of stock.xchng Call for nominations for the 2011 Priestley Medal
21 September 2011
The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is calling for nominations for The Priestley Medal.

Dr Ben McNeil Dr Ben McNeil talks about a price on carbon
20 September 2011
The CCRC’s Ben McNeil recently contributed to the discussion about a carbon price with an opinion piece in The Punch.

Climate Reality Project 24 hours logo A dose of climate reality comes to Canberra
13 September 2011
Al Gore is tackling climate-skeptics head on with a worldwide, 24 hour broadcast that claims to expose the reality of the climate crisis.

Bern Past changes reveal our climate change future
02 September 2011
If our knowledge of the past is the key to our understanding the future, then Dr Steven Phipps and the researchers at the International Union for Quaternary Research recent conference may have a clearer insight than most.

Cyclone over the Tasman Sea (NASA) Undergrads opportunity to work with world leading climate scientists
01 September 2011
UNSW Science Faculty is calling for applications by no later than October 7, 2011, for its 2011-2012 Summer Vacation Research Scholarships for undergraduate students.

UNSW logo Honours students to receive $5000 scholarship
12 August 2011
CCRC is offering ten graduate students $5000 honours scholarships to help it meet the continuing need for climate scientists.

Graham Simpkins at Svalbard Advancing a degree from pole to pole
11 August 2011
In just six months, Graham Simpkins’ PhD has taken him to the ends of the earth.

Lightning CCRC calls for AMOS conference abstracts
09 August 2011
The Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) is calling for abstracts for a major conference bringing together leading meteorological, oceanographic and climate scientists from Australia and around the world.

Monsoon approaches India (NASA) Indian Ocean Dipole rains on ENSO’s influence
03 August 2011
The Indian Ocean may play a major role in modulating the effect of the Pacific Ocean’s El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on the Indian monsoon, according to a new paper by CCRC researchers.

Research vessel Ocean current study around Timor
29 June 2011
CCRC research student Michael Bates has returned from a scientific research voyage conducted by scientists from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research to the waters around East Timor.

Professor Tim Bralower Fulbright scholar Tim Bralower at CCRC
22 June 2011
Fulbright Scholar Professor Tim Bralower is commencing a sabbatical at CCRC in July 2011.

Dr Katrin Meissner Wetlands are bad and good news for Arctic warming: study
06 June 2011
Seasonal wetlands in Arctic regions will initially persist longer due to global warming but then shrink as temperatures rise further, according to new study into how climate change will progress this century.

Dr Ben McNeil Comment: Why bother with a carbon tax?
12 May 2011
Australia is squandering the opportunity to move towards a clean, low carbon prosperous economy by delaying the introduction of a carbon price and being locked in to a coal addiction that will expire in the medium term as the world moves to cleaner, better fuels and technologies.

Professor Steve Sherwood Comment: Trust us, we're climate scientists
10 May 2011
“Why don’t scientists just get together and figure out what’s going on?” It’s a common question we hear about global warming. The answer is simple: “They have.”

Dr Jan Zika Global Sustainability Summer School 2011
12 April 2011
Climate Change Research Centre Fellow, Jan Zika, will travel to Brunei in July as an invited speaker at the Global Sustainability Summer School 2011.

AMOS logo 2011 AMOS New South Wales Postgraduate Symposium
28 March 2011
The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) New South Wales Centre would like to invite you to the 2011 AMOS New South Wales Postgraduate Symposium on "Climate change and variability - science, impacts, and adaptation" to be held at the Climate Change Research Centre.

UNSW logo Antarctic fieldwork for CCRC research students
24 March 2011
CCRC research students Emily Shaw and Graham Simpkins have returned from scientific research expeditions to Antarctica.

Bushfire Regional climate model evaluation underway
24 March 2011
Work has begun at CCRC evaluating the ability of a regional climate model to simulate bush fire weather in NSW.

WCRP logo World Climate Research Programme Open Science Conference 2011
03 March 2011
The World Climate Research Programme will host a major international Open Science Conference (OSC) on 24-28 October 2011 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Commonwealth Government logo Three climate experts given top advisory roles
15 February 2011
Three prominent climate scientists from the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) have been appointed as expert advisors to the Federal Government's new independent Climate Commission.

UNSW logo Symposium on high-impact weather and extreme climate events, IUGG 2011
25 January 2011
The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) will hold an exciting, multi-disciplinary conference on cutting edge science in Melbourne, Australia in mid-2011.

Australia (source: NASA WorldWind) Climate and Indigenous health study receives National Health and Medical Research Council funding
10 December 2010
A team from CCRC led by Dr Donna Green and Dr Lisa Alexander has received funding from the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Health Challenges of Climate Change special initiative.

UNSW logo Dr Katrin Meissner receives ARC Future Fellowship funding
19 November 2010
The Australian Research Council has awarded a Future Fellowship to CCRC senior lecturer Dr Katrin Meissner.

Australian Commonwealth Government coat of arms CCRC in latest round of successful ARC Discovery Projects research funding
27 October 2010
CCRC will lead 3 new research projects approved by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in the latest round of Discovery Projects research funding.

Bushfire High-res climate simulations to check bushfire risk
13 October 2010
UNSW researchers have received a $200,000 grant to help develop high-resolution climate simulations to better inform how climate change will affect bushfire risk on the heavily populated eastern seaboard of NSW.

UNSW logo Focus on buoyancy driven flows at 18th Alpine Summer School in Italy
11 October 2010
CCRC PhD student Michael Bates recently travelled to Valsavarenche, Italy, to attend the 18th Alpine Summer School on fundamental processes in geophysical fluid dynamics and the climate system, where this year's topic was "buoyancy driven flows."

The Copenhagen Diagnosis logo Climate change effort wins Future Justice Prize
08 October 2010
An international team led by UNSW climate change researchers has won the inaugural 2010 Future Justice Prize for its efforts to synthesize and update a massive volume of scientific research in the lead-up to the UN Conference of Parties (COP15) meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009.

UNSW logo 2010 Australian Frontiers of Science Meeting
05 October 2010
CCRC team members Matt England, Steven Phipps and Willem Sijp will take part in the the 2010 Australian Frontiers of Science Meeting in Perth this month.

Man thinking Communicating climate science - it's about how we make decisions
20 September 2010
The idea that greenhouse gas emissions are warming Earth's atmosphere is one of the most certain concepts in natural science yet as the level of scientific certainty has grown, so has the level of public scepticism about it, note Dr Ben Newell and Professor Andy Pitman.

OSMR logo Professor Andy Pitman receives Office of Science and Medical Research NSW Scientist of the Year Award
16 September 2010
Professor Andy Pitman, UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) co-director and leader of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, has received the NSW Office of Science and Medical Research (OSMR) NSW Scientist of the Year 2010 Award in the Environment, Water and Climate Change Sciences category.

IMSC logo CCRC represented at 11th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology
19 August 2010
In July 2010, Ian Macadam, a PhD student at CCRC, attended the 11th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology (IMSC) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

UNSW logo Warmest decade on record: new climate report
29 July 2010
A major international climate study has confirmed that the past decade was the warmest on record and that the Earth has been growing warmer over the last 50 years.

Prof. Andy Pitman Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence awarded in Climate System Science
20 July 2010
The new Centre for Climate System Science, headed by the co-director of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, Professor Andy Pitman, was awarded $21.4 million in the most recent round of ARC funding.

Professor Matt England Professor Matthew England awarded Australian Laureate Fellowship
07 July 2010
The Australian Research Council has awarded Professor Matthew England with the 2010 Australian Laureate Fellowship for his research on ocean surface warming.

Book cover Screw Light Bulbs - Smarter ways to save Australians time and money
04 May 2010
Screw Light Bulbs, by Dr Donna Green and Liz Minchin, is about how Australia can get serious about tackling climate change while dealing with many of the other problems we face.

Heat-stressed man Global warming heat stress could make life intolerable: study
04 May 2010
Heat stress would make life intolerable for humans in most currently inhabited regions on Earth if the worst-case global warming scenario were to happen, according to a new study.

UNSW logo Climate change accelerating beyond expectations, urgent emissions reductions required, say leading scientists
25 November 2009
Global ice-sheets are melting at an increased rate; Arctic sea-ice is disappearing much faster than recently projected, and future sea-level rise is now expected to be much higher than previously forecast, according to a new global scientific synthesis prepared by some of the world's top climate scientists.

Tall Poppies are the pick of the crop
30 October 2009
Three Science Faculty scholars have been honoured at the 2009 Young Tall Poppy Awards hosted by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

The Clean Industrial Revolution
20 August 2009
So where does Australia’s economic future lie in this rapidly changing world? In this compelling book, climate scientist and economist Ben McNeil demonstrates the immense opportunities that will open up if Australia leads the new clean industrial revolution.

Looming El Nino sets up gloomy forecast
03 June 2009
South-east Australians can expect little relief from below average rainfall according to climate experts.

Climate Change research team grows
04 June 2009
UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) is going from strength to strength...

Clarification results of GRL paper
03 June 2009
The implications of our work (Ummenhofer et al. 2009) have been misunderstood in some media commentary...

Water vapor doubles global warming: case closed
23 February 2009
Water vapour released into the atmosphere adds one degree Celsius to global warming for every one contributed by humanity through greenhouse gas emissions.

UNSW logo Indian Ocean causes Big Dry: drought cycles over the southeast linked to the Indian Ocean Dipole
05 February 2009
The causes of south-eastern Australia's longest, most severe and damaging droughts have been discovered, with the surprise finding that they originate far away in the Indian Ocean.

Southern ocean Southern Ocean to acidify much sooner than thought
12 November 2008
The Southern Ocean will acidify much earlier than previously
thought from increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, taking it past the point where the shells of sea creatures will start to dissolve, according to a new study.

Salp Spring brings ‘jelly balls’ to NSW coast
06 November 2008
An unusual abundance of jelly-like creatures has been discovered in waters along the NSW coast from Sydney to Newcastle during a marine survey of the region by a team of scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and CSIRO.

Leopard seal ARC success: the seal's whiskers
15 October 2008
The history and impacts of climate change are being revealed by a surprising source - the whiskers of seals in Antarctica.

Power station Top climate scientists urge PM to cut C02 emissions
29 September 2008
Australia's leading climate scientists have written to the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, urging him to adopt an emission reduction target for Australia of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Desert storm Mapping climate change vulnerability in Australia's tropical north
16 September 2008
The risks and impacts of climate change on indigenous communities in Australia's tropical north is the subject of a new scoping study.

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Climate: new spin on ocean's role
09 September 2008
New studies of the Southern Ocean are revealing previously unknown features of giant spinning eddies that have a profound influence on marine life and on the world's climate.

RV Southern Surveyor Bright marine science students catch the Next Wave
09 September 2008
"Going to sea is inspirational," says 21 year-old Adrienne Gatt, who has just made her first voyage aboard the Southern Surveyor, Australia's only marine research vessel. "It's the best way to see if you're cut out for a career in marine science and oceanography.

Eureka logo Science shines at Eureka Prizes
20 August 2008
UNSW researchers have won an unprecedented six Australian Museum Eureka Prizes - the "Oscars" of Australian science. The UNSW tally is the highest by any institution in the 19-year history of the Eureka Prizes. Five members of the UNSW Faculty of Science shared in the awards.

Middle East map Climate change may boost Middle East rainfall
14 August 2008
The prospect of climate change sparking food shortages and water wars in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new UNSW research suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.

Kangaroo sign Climate change: skippy to the rescue
08 August 2008
Skippy could be on more menus following a report that expanding the kangaroo industry would significantly cut greenhouse gases.

UNSW logo Faculty stands out in Eureka Prizes
25 July 2008
Ten UNSW-affiliated researchers and research groups are in the running for eight prize categories at this year's Eureka Prizes, an unprecedented achievement for any research institution in the Eureka's 19-year history.

Prof Matt England Award for UNSW climate researcher
21 July 2008
The Banksia Environmental Foundation has named Professor Matthew England the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Australian Research Award Winner.

Chinese skyline China's global greenhouse challenge
06 May 2008
China's growing greenhouse gas emissions and the problems they present for the rest of the world will be tackled by an expert panel, including acclaimed China specialist Professor Orville Schell, at UNSW this Thursday, May 8.

UNSW logo Climate change: will capital save the world?
29 April 2008
Australia could become a "carbon energy economic super power" if government and business leaders gave greater incentives to invest in, and use, renewable and efficient low carbon-emission technology. This was the take home message in a wide-ranging speech by climate change expert, Mike Molitor before a capacity audience at UNSW last week.

Smoke stack Bali declaration urges greenhouse gas limits
06 December 2007
UNSW climatologists are among more than 200 leading scientists warning the United Nations Climate Conference of the need to act immediately to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with a window of only 10-15 years for global emissions to peak and decline, and a goal of at least a 50% reduction by 2050.

Prof Andy Pitman Nobel peace prize: UNSW researchers join celebrations
07 November 2007
UNSW atmospheric scientist Andy Pitman has cause to celebrate the winning of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize by Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr Ben McNeil Science big winner in ARC funds
04 November 2007
The Faculty of Science performed strongly when UNSW received more than $34 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.

UNSW logo Funding fuels discovery at UNSW
26 October 2007
UNSW has received more than $34 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.

Fred Hilmer UNSW takes the lead on climate change
12 October 2007
UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer has earmarked sustainability as a priority for the University - in research, teaching and in the way the campus operates.

Stone carving at Angkor Wat Khmer kings were architects of their own demise
05 October 2007
The Khmer kings who created the world's most extensive medieval "hydraulic city" surrounding Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat were the architects of its eventual environmental collapse, says an Australian, Cambodian, French and American research team.

Globe in hand Seas could rise higher than we thought
07 August 2007
Leading climatologist Professor Stefan Rahmstorf has revealed at a UNSW public lecture that sea-level rises caused by global warming are higher than those published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this year.

UCC logo New uni climate change alliance
15 May 2007
Three of Australia's top universities have formed an alliance to spearhead national leadership in climate change research, education and policy.

Red Centre building, UNSW Major new climate research centre
08 March 2007
A major new climate change research centre is to be established at the University of New South Wales, with a $6 million funding boost.

South pole Huge, wet and mysterious: new climate study probes the world's largest ocean current
27 February 2006
The vast icy ocean current that circles around Antarctica is so huge that it carries 100 times more water than all the world's rivers combined, yet its influence on the world's climate is barely understood.

Moon jellyfish Ships bring alien jellyfish invaders
30 August 2005
Marine environments around the world are being threatened by exotic species of moon jellyfish being dispersed by international shipping, according to research by Australian scientists.

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The Copenhagen Diagnosis

On 25th November 2009 members of The Climate Change Research Centre, as part of a group of 26 international climate scientists, were part of a major international release of a new report synthesizing the latest climate research to emerge since the last IPCC Assessment Report of 2007.

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There are no time-travelling climatologists: why we use climate models

In the absence of time-travelling climatologists, models are unrivalled tools for understanding our changing climate system. That is, climate models are scientific tools. We should recognise them as such and consider them with rigorous scientific, not political, scepticism.

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The Big Engine 2: oceans and weather

Federation Fellow and 2008 Eureka Prize winner, Professor Matthew England of CCRC, on the latest research into the role oceans play on weather.

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The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers

Co-authored by Professor Steven Sherwood and Professor Matt England of CCRC, this Academy of Science report aims to summarise and clarify the current understanding of the science of climate change for non-specialist readers.

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Ocean weather

The Big Engine 1: oceans and weather

Federation Fellow and 2008 Eureka Prize winner, Professor Matthew England of CCRC, on the latest research into the role oceans play on weather.

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Tree rings

New insights into the climate of the past 2,000 years

A comprehensive new scientific study has revealed fresh insights into the climate of the past 2,000 years, providing further evidence that the 20th century warming was not a natural phenomenon. After 1900, increasing temperatures reversed a previous long-term cooling trend. This 20th Century warming has occurred simultaneously in all regions except Antarctica.

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Ocean

The dynamics of the global ocean circulation

The ocean is far from a stagnant body of water. Instead, it is constantly in motion, at speeds from a few centimetres per second to two metres per second in the most vigorous currents.

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Plastic rubbish

Leave the ocean garbage alone: we need to stop polluting first

Recent plans to clean plastics from the five massive ocean garbage patches could do more damage to the environment than leaving the plastic right where it is.

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Plastic rubbish

Charting the garbage patches of the sea

Just how much plastic is there floating around in our oceans? Dr Erik van Sebille from UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre has completed a study of ocean "garbage patches", and has found that in some regions the amount of plastic outweighs that of marine life.

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