Delivering world class climate science is a key adaptation action in the National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy. The new strategy positions Australia to better anticipate, manage and adapt to our changing climate.
Read more about the National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy.
We provide national climate science information to help Australians understand the potential impacts from a changing climate.
Australia’s climate is unique. Climate science builds understanding of how the climate is changing, including the scale and pace of change, what climate Australians in different regions can expect in the coming decades, and approaches for effective decision-making and adaptation.
Climate change is supported by extensive research and long-term information. Delivering world-class climate science informs successful adaptation and resilience actions.
Australia has a long history as a leading contributor to Southern Hemisphere and Southern Ocean climate science. The Australian Government investments in climate science include long-term support to our national institutions and programs such as the National Environmental Science Program, Bureau of Meteorology Research and Climate Services Programs and the Australian Antarctic Science Program, and initial investments in world-leading initiatives including the Australian Climate Service and related initiatives, including the CSIRO Climate Resilient Enterprise. There are also significant climate science contributions from our university sector, and significant service and climate risk advice capabilities within state and territory governments and the private sector.
The department is responsible for climate science coordination. By working together, governments and researchers can support improved understanding and assessment of climate risk, advances in climate science and provide information tailored to support climate action in Australian circumstances.
Australia’s past, current and projected climate
The latest climate change projections for Australia
The tools and services that help Australians limit the impact of climate change
Key national investments
Our new Australian Climate Service is supporting a more resilient nation in the face of climate and natural hazards.
The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) delivers the climate knowledge Australia needs to respond to a variable and changing climate.
Australia’s National Environmental Science Program supports environment and climate research including a Climate Systems Hub and a cross-cutting adaptation mission.
Our world-class Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) enables scientists to undertake foundational climate research and modelling.
Our Australian Antarctic Science Program supports critical research to understand Australia’s weather and climate.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a globally trusted source of scientific advice. The Australian Government is an active participant in IPCC processes and Australian experts have made significant contributions to the science underpinning a range of IPCC reports including the IPCC 6th Assessment. Our department works closely with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in relation to the climate science and adaptation aspects of the IPCC work program.
- National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy
- Climate adaptation
- Our climate services and tools
- Nature-based solutions for climate
- Our environment climate change initiatives
- Our agricultural climate change initiatives
- Our oceans climate change initiatives
- Emissions reduction
- International climate adaptation
- Our publications and resources