Australia is a continent of extremes, and the frequency and intensity of extreme events is likely to increase as climate change takes hold. Do we understand enough about the underlying processes to estimate risk and manage situations to reduce the impact on people, property and ecosystems?
What are climate changes likely to mean for different forms of land use in different areas? And what are the best ways to conserve species given that their habitat ranges will be different in future? Can we use remote sensing to predict spatial patterns in the risk of bushfire and the impacts of fire on water resources, carbon storage, and ecological habitat at a scale fine enough for management on the ground?
The uncertainties of a highly variable and changing climate mean that answering such important questions is difficult. Difficult, but not impossible thanks to the TERN’s infrastructure and the products and research it continues to generate. TERN is providing data and ecosystem modelling resources that will vastly improve the predictions scientists make about the ways in which climate change might be manifested.
Good science, underpinned by research infrastructure that facilitates its integration across disciplines, is needed to increase our understanding of climate, ecosystem function and the complex interactions between them.
Improving understanding of extreme coastal events
We Australians prize our coastlines. Yet agencies responsible for managing these dynamic ecosystems frequently struggle to access the data and infrastructure they need to prepare for and learn from storm surges, flooding and erosion events. TERN’s Coasts Facility is here to help.