Climate Systems Hub Launch: Science to support climate change adaptation

October 15, 2021

Australia’s climate science is world class. With globally recognised researchers across multiple fields and organisations, we have the expertise needed to address questions about the impact of climate change on our region.

Introducing the Climate Systems Hub

The Climate Systems Hub is one of four research hubs under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP). The Hub is a collaboration of multiple Australian research and policy agencies, allowing us to draw on expertise across the country to better understand our climate and how it is changing.

Our partners including:
  • CSIRO (host organisation)
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Australian National University
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of New South Wales
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Cross-Jurisdiction Community of Practice for Climate Science

The Hub is conducting co-designed research focused on:

Co-design for high impact research

The Climate Systems Hub is using a strong co-design approach to plan and implement research. This will ensure our research is targeted to the needs of Australian environmental and climate decision-makers. The result is a program of climate research that will deliver impact by supporting evidence-based policies, planning and management activities.

‘With the recent release of the IPCC Sixth Assessment report (Working Group I) and the international climate conference (COP26) approaching at a sprint, the Hub will play a vital role in bridging the gap between what the science says about our changing climate and how Australian decision-makers apply this information in their work,’ said Dr Simon Marsland, leader of the Climate System Hub.

The Hub will also integrate adaptation activities across NESP to support a national climate change adaptation capability.

Indigenous Partnerships for on-Country solutions

Building and maintaining strong, respectful and lasting relationships with Indigenous Australian is a key focus of the Hub. Ensuring Indigenous leadership and cultural protocols are applied to our research will result in the production of relevant and targeted climate change information that can be used by Indigenous communities to help them care for community, Country and Sea under a changing climate.

Building on decades of climate science capability

The Climate Systems Hub builds on the successes of past government-funded climate science programs, including the previous NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub.

‘The Climate Systems Hub isn’t starting from scratch’, said Dr Marsland. ‘We have the benefit of building on the incredible climate research capability developed in Australia over many decades, including strong Indigenous partnerships and co-design principles developed by the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub’.

Join us for our online launch!

The Climate Systems Hub is holding a webinar to introduce ourselves to researchers and decision-makers across Australia.

Our webinar will take place on Wednesday 27 October, 1:00 – 1:45 pm (AEDT).

This webinar will be the first in a series to continue the conversation about how climate science, and research under the Hub, can help to build a climate resilient Australia.

More information:

Tahnee Burgess, Hub Communication Officer

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