Theme Leader: A/Prof Richard Eckard
Climate change is a global phenomenon involving changes in natural and social systems at all scales. It is a problem characterised by uncertainty about present and future natural and social processes. The implementation of solutions will profoundly challenge some of our most powerful and persistent institutions. Melbourne University researchers are actively engaged in meeting the challenges that climate change presents.
Our research on climate change reflects the University’s research profile both in breadth and excellence. Exploring the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change involves interdisciplinary research that combines insights from the natural and social sciences, humanities and arts.
The quality of our climate change research is demonstrated by our presence in international fora, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Earth Systems Science Partnership; our success in obtaining competitive research grants; and through peer-reviewed publications in leading journals. Much of our research actively engages key decision makers from the community, business and political sectors at local, state, and national levels both within Australia and internationally.
Current Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: