Our natural environment is continuously changing; in its temperature and climate, ecosystems and landscapes, ice sheets and sea level. Human activity is dramatically altering our natural environment by changing the chemistry of the soil, oceans and atmosphere, the landscape and biological systems. There is great uncertainty in the scale, nature and collective impact of these changes and this presents a profound challenge to society's capacity for adaptation and resilience.
This theme brings together leading academics who have written thousands of papers, advised government and industry, generated patents and contributed to the IPCC and other major international agreements. Their research interests span subjects and departments across the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Arts, Social Sciences and Law.
The global environmental change research community aims to:
Global change research focuses on the following areas: