Exploring how the mining industry can adapt to climate change
Future climate variability and change is impacting on the Australian mining industry and its communities in different ways. CSIRO is working with mining enterprises and communities to explore climate adaptation strategies through the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, in association with both the CSIRO Coal Portfolio and the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship.
Climate Adaptation Flagship
Enabling Australia to adapt more effectively to the impacts of climate change and variability and informing national planning, regulation and investment decisions.
Climate questions: Can the warming of the 20th century be explained by natural processes?
It is often claimed that the observed warming of the climate system results from natural climate processes rather than being human-induced. However, there are no known natural factors that can explain the observed warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds it is very likely that most of the observed global warming since the mid 20th century is due to anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases.
Climate questions: How reliable are climate models?
The ability of climate models to project future climate is often questioned. There will always be a range of uncertainty in climate projections. Climate models, which are based on the laws of physics and thoroughly tested, provide credible quantitative estimates of future climate change.
Climate questions: Understanding current climate change in a palaeoclimatic context
The Earth’s climate has varied naturally over hundreds of millions of years – why should we believe humans are causing current changes? Understanding past changes between glacial and interglacial periods helps us to understand how unusual the current warming is. For example, the linear warming trend over the past 50 years of 0.13 °C per decade is much more rapid than the rate of warming between ice ages and warm interglacial periods of around 0.01 °C per decade.
Dr Andrew Ash: Director, Climate Adaptation Flagship
Dr Andrew Ash leads CSIRO's research on adapting to life in a changing climate. As the Director of the Climate Adaptation Flagship, he oversees a large and diverse portfolio of research activities across Australia.
Flagship postgraduate scholarships
National Research Flagships offer full and top-up Flagship Postgraduate Scholarships to high quality students who wish to work on a Flagship research project.