Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change

We’re firmly in nature’s corner. With world-recognised expertise in identifying and understanding natural patterns and processes, we undertake a steady stream of successful environmental research projects with local, national and international partners.

Our findings support policy and action on habitat reclamation and rehabilitation. Our insights inform species conservation and ecosystem sustainment. For today, tomorrow and a better future for generations to come.

Impact stories

Bushfire and the challenge to respond to new levels of environmental risk

There have been terrible bushfires this summer across southern Australia – and they are still going. Part of the reason for this disaster is the unprecedented climatic conditions that the country has been facing, including record hot and dry conditions.

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We forget the lessons of past disasters at our own peril

In the context of the terrible fires facing the nation, the telling reflection that “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” has salience.

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Urban rainwater harvesting in 'smart' south Asian cities

Urban South Asia needs water—a lot of it, and while most of this water comes from over-extraction of groundwater and interbasin transfers, the future ability to rely on these resources is now in question.

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Preventing biodiversity change with natural laboratories

With our support, the International Panel for Climate Change has now documented the effects of global climate change on every biome on earth.

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A little water can go a long way when battling heatwaves

It appears that how you use water is more important than how much you use when trying to protect vines from the impact of heatwaves.

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Amazon fires a call to action

Fires raging through the Amazon rainforest are the latest and most visible manifestation of the urgent need to conserve and protect the natural world and address climate change.

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Who to contact

Professor Bruce Northcote is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement) within the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Adelaide where he is responsible for providing leadership in achieving the University's strategic goals in relation to industry engagement and commercial partnerships.

P: (08) 8313 3278
E: bruce.northcote@adelaide.edu.au

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