Extreme events

A historic house surrounded by flood water in Windsor NSW during the March floods in 2022.

CSIRO is a part of the national response to extreme weather: our transport planning tool is helping supplies reach flood-hit communities.

A bushfire burns in the distance in Victoria.

When a natural disaster occurs, scientists often get asked ‘how did climate change contribute?’. Modelling and data analysis are helping answer this, and other questions about frequency and severity of extremes.

The risk of more frequent and extreme natural hazards is rising with climate change. When these extreme events 'collide', their impacts compound—making communities more vulnerable to crises. How can we prevent potential systemic failures caused by extreme events?

An abandoned car sits among the ash as a reminder of the Kosciuszko fire, Snowy Mountains, Australia. Pictured on the shores of Jourama Pondage Talbingo January 2020. Image by Kate Langford, CSIRO

Dealing with the rising threat of wildfires has become a global concern.

Extreme events continue to challenge Australians under a changing climate. We explore the role of science in helping build our resilience as we prepare for future disasters and improve our response and recovery.

country side with smoke plume in the distance

Air quality forecasting improvements will be able to provide hourly and daily information on pollutants in the air to help fire and environmental authorities, and the community.

A Queensland bushfire resilience guide for homeowners was named a state finalist in the Resilient Australia Awards in Brisbane on October 6, 2021. We step through the guide's top tips.

A raging Australian bushfire with large flames against a green forest. Image/Flickr

Used alongside other fire management approaches, hazard reduction burning can reduce the impact of bushfire on property and loss of life.

A boat sits on the water while the bush behind it (on the edge of the lake) is on fire.

Sometimes playing with fire is actually the safest option – especially when you’re building houses designed to withstand extreme events.