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Climate Science for Australia's Future - A report by the National Climate Science Advisory Committee

Department of the Environment and Energy, 2019

About the report

The Government established the National Climate Science Advisory Committee in 2016 to advise on the development of a strategy for climate science in Australia. The Committee reports to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and the Minister for the Environment.

The report aims to prepare Australia for the decades ahead through providing robust climate science and projections that are integrated into decision making by business, governments and communities. It sets out a number of strategic actions including:

  • Maintaining a domestic research focus on national priority climate regions for Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, such as the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Extending collaborative efforts to further develop Australia's national weather and global climate model, the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS).
  • Identifying significant gaps in climate observations and in understandings of the key drivers of Australia's climate system such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation.
  • Developing a plan for the next generation of climate change projections and consideration of options for building towards a nationally integrated climate service capability to provide more tailored climate information to users.

The report is designed to strengthen Australia's current science efforts through improving coordination and cooperation among science agencies. The report also recognises the growing demand from business and government for science to help them understand and manage climate risks. Its recommended actions are designed to enable Australia's science effort to respond to these needs.

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