Turning the tides on historical sea level records is giving up valuable secrets
We're dusting off old tide records, some dating back to the late 19th century, in a project to digitise these old hard-copy records so the data they contain can be used to analyse how extreme sea levels in Australia have changed over time.
The water needs of floodplain trees – the inside view
For the first time, scientists have quantified how much water trees on the Murray-Darling floodplain need, and when they need it. The results show that we cannot tell the health of a tree just by looking at its canopy—we need to look inside the tree.
Scientist’s 30-year search for Southern Ocean climate secrets
Dr Steve Rintoul is embarking on his 13th voyage to the Antarctic. On board the RV Investigator and armed with new deep water robots, he and his team will be probing the remaining unknowns of the Southern Ocean's role in our climate system.
Tracing pollen to better forecast asthma storms
The science of thunderstorm asthma is relatively unknown, what is least understood is the interaction between pollen and thunderstorms.
How life on the land shaped an Australian climate leader
Dr Helen Cleugh is still motivated by lessons learned back on the family farm in central Otago. She's now leading CSIRO's Climate Science Centre.
Carbon central to a new wave of climate modelling
Simulating the Earth’s myriad physical, chemical and biological processes is a big ask. But it must be done if we are to work out how what we do today will change the future climate. Thanks to this Australian ‘earth system model’, we’re getting a clearer picture of what’s ahead.
The future of the ozone hole
Contrary to popular belief, the ozone hole does not reach Australia. But its effects are felt the world over. CSIRO scientists are creating a climate-chemistry model that will lead global science on the ozone hole recovery.
How to work out which coral reefs will bleach, and which might be spared
A paper published in Nature Climate Change has revealed the importance of regional differences in sea surface temperature variability in determining the global distribution of coral bleaching risk.