ANU Climate Highlights 2017

In 2017, ANU has made significant contributions towards understanding the earth’s systems, climate impacts and adaptation, mitigation, institutional responses and transformational approaches.

The ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI) is delighted to share with you some of our highlights from 2017 – these represent a tiny snapshot of the work happening across the university.


Message from the Director

"It’s very hard to escape the conclusion that we’re causing a huge change in the functioning of the earth system – it’s impacting humans, it’s impacting our environments and it’s impacting our economies. This is why it’s really important for ANU to engage in a very cross-disciplinary way to address these issues."

Professor Mark Howden, Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, shares his 2017 highlights

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Research highlights

The CCI brings together cutting edge climate research – from fundamental climate science and its effects on our biophysical environment, to societal, economic, political, legal and technological impacts and responses.

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ANU Climate Research

Here is a small sample (far from comprehensive) which demonstrates the breadth of climate research across ANU:

Removing Atmospheric Greenhouse gases »

Technologies for removing greenhouse gas emissions is an emerging research frontier required for a safe climate.

Melbourne & Sydney to prepare for temperatures of over 50C »

The increase in Australian summer temperatures indicates that other major cities should also be prepared for unprecedented future extreme heat.

Dr Sophie Lewis

US Climate Inaction is bigger than Trump »

The US has committed to withdraw from Paris, abolished domestic climate policies and emissions are set to increase, or at best stabilise.

Dr Luke Kemp

Working together to reduce infection in extreme weather events »

Health professionals and climate forecasters need to work together more closely ahead of extreme weather events and climate change.

Dr Aparna Lal


Education spotlight

Over 50 climate courses across ANU

ANU runs over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate courses that address the multiple dimensions of climate change, from climate science to economics, law, policy and governance aspects of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation.

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Master of Climate Change

Why I study climate change  »

"The Master of Climate Change really sets you up to work in climate change professionally - one of the best things about the degree is that you’re learning from some really influential people." Aaron Kirby, Master of Climate Change student.

Tackling 'the issue of our generation' »

"I’ve seen the problems that climate change is causing in my home country. This Master’s has given me the skills and knowledge to help address many of these issues when I get home."

Rarawa Amberoti, Master of Climate Change graduate.

About the Master of Climate Change program »

Equip yourself with the knowledge and understanding to tackle one of the world’s most vital challenges.

CCI short professional courses for government departments

The Climate Change Institute regularly delivers short professional courses on recent advances in climate science and the social, policy, economic and governance aspects of climate change for policy makers and professionals. Our clients include government departments and commercial participants.

Here's some feedback from 2017 participants:

"Fantastic overview of climate change and relevance to key areas of our work including disaster, food security, water security, migration & health."

"This was the first time I've experienced such a targeted professional development course run by academics."

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In 2017 CCI launched the Climate Change Institute PhD supplementary scholarship which offers $7,500pa for ANU PhD scholars undertaking interdisciplinary research with a cross-ANU supervisory team.

Public policy engagement

CCI members are engaged with policy makers at an international, national, and state / territory level on an ongoing basis.

Here are few examples:

Hosted 6 policy roundtable discussions, attended by over 150 people.
4 targeted parliamentary briefings on sea level rise
7 policy submissions on climate change.
Leadership roles in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Developing a community of climate researchers and teachers - our people

251 members
All 7 ANU Colleges
24 out of 27 ANU Schools
60% membership growth in 2017

"The strength of the Climate Change Institute is in the breadth of research it covers – there are hundreds of people working on climate change at ANU and I’ve had the chance to interact with other researchers via the CCI that I never would have otherwise."

Dr Sophie Lewis, Fenner School of Environment and Society.

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Dr Sophie Lewis

ANU climate events

18 CCI public lectures & Climate Cafes
Over 1500 audience members
34 climate related public seminars at ANU

94% of those surveyed will tell others about the event. 94% felt the event was somewhat or very relevant to them.

Participants that will tell others about the event
Participants that felt the event was relevant to them

What people said

"...the event was well organised and is an excellent model for people around the community to participate and be heard and to have targeted discussions."

"Climate Change Institute events are always worthwhile"

"Thanks! Seems to attract a diverse range of people which makes for interesting discussions and new ideas."


Climate Change: A global science update »

A full house for IPCC Co-Chair, Dr Valerie Masson-Delmotte and expert panel.

Climate Café »

A relaxed gathering of people interested in discussing ideas and questions around climate change. This year, topics varied from how societal addiction therapy can transform attitudes to climate change to why Australia’s electricity system is in such a mess.

Security and Resilience in a Damaged Climate World »

Strategic Insights from the EU and Australia – part of European Climate Diplomacy Week.


In the media

The media is a vital channel for communicating ANU climate research to the broader community. Climate researchers across ANU engage with media on a daily basis.

Media articles / programmes featuring just a few of CCI's key contributors
We reached an audience of 30.4 million people
Advertising value of almost $12 million

Here are a few examples of 2017 media coverage:

‘A step back’: Emissions rise as world economy gathers pace »

Featuring Professor Frank Jotzo, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 Nov 2017.

We need to get rid of carbon in the atmosphere not just reduce emissions »

Professor Eelco Rohling, The Conversation, 20 April 2017.

2016 crowned hottest year on record: Australia needs to get heat smart »

Dr Liz Hanna, Dr Kathyrn Bowen, Professor Mark Howden, The Conversation, 19 Jan 2017.


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