Understanding variability, change and adaptation

Weather and climate change constantly, responding to natural and human drivers such as El Niño, solar variability, land use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

We’re seeking a better understanding of the processes that determine weather and climate conditions across the planet.

We study weather timescales of minutes to days and how they affect our longer term climate from months to millennia. We examine observational records and geologic archives such as ice cores, lake sediments and cave formations to predict future weather and climate patterns with greater accuracy.

Our teams collaborate with other UQ schools and research centres, such as the Global Change Institute, and with scientists around the world who want to meet the challenges and impacts of future climate change - sea level rise, heat waves, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity - with informed adaptation strategies.