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Climate cooling or warming - study into Australian cities' long term temperature records

40% of global CO2 emission is related to buildings. Temperature is often a highly correlated factor for commercial/educational/healthcare building energy use and electricity peak demand.To forecast how temperature may change in the case of "business as usual" for the coming decades, we can study major Australian cities' long term temperature records.The two research questions for this project are:how did temperature change for Australian cities over the past 30 or more years?, e.g. for all capital cities and major regional centres.if …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Architecture and Built Environment

Modeling Australian rainfall extremes using extreme value methods

To mitigate the risk posed by extreme rainfall events, we require statistical models that allow us to extrapolate outside the range of our observed data into the tail of our distribution and to estimate the probability of record events we are yet to observe.For this type of statistical analysis, we typically use methods from extreme value theory. The challenge for modelling rainfall extremes using many of these extreme value methods is that there exists a gap between theory and practice. …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Second Wind: Extending official wind records with citizen science observations

High-quality observations are the cornerstone of meteorology and climate science. Personal weather stations (PWSs) from 'citizen scientists' have the potential to fill some of the large observing gaps between official measurement stations and to contribute additional observations.The challenge is that observations from citizen science stations are not quality assured, and garbage in equals garbage statistical inference out. Work is needed to verify citizen science wind observations to make the data suitable for use in fields such as statistical post-processing, data …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

International Environmental Law and Politics

Many environmental issues are globally significant problems and countries have to engage and interact with each other to resolve them despite having different domestic priorities. Current challenges around climate, land degradation, biodiversity loss, and plastics are just some of the issues that are influenced by international standards, agreements and institutions.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Using machine learning to understand how the world’s microbiomes are changing due to climate

Shotgun metagenomic sequencing has become commonplace when studying microbial communities and their relationship with the health of our planet, and their direct effects on our own health. Currently, there are >180,000 shotgun metagenomes publicly available, but until recently trying to treat these data as a resource has been challenging due to its extreme size (>700 trillion base pairs).Recently we have developed a tool that can efficiently convert this base pair information into a straightforward assessment of which microorganisms are present …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Microbiome Research

Ecoscenography at World Stage Design 2022: creating worlds for climate change performance

Scenography, or performance design, brings together the art of design, performance, architecture, theatrical production, and technologies both established and emerging. In the face of the climate change crisis, new approaches are emerging under the banner of 'ecoscenography', pioneered by Australian researcher Tanja Beer. Ecoscenography combines ecological design and permaculture practices to reconsider how we shape space in theatre, dance, opera, music events, public space design and more.This research project invites you to assist with research engaged in the emerging practice …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Creative Practice
Research centre(s)

Design Lab

Designing smart cities for more-than-human futures

Cities are changing across the globe. Climate change, rapid urbanisation, pandemics, as well as innovations in technologies such as blockchain, AI and IoT are all impacting urban space. One response to such changes has been to make cities ecologically sustainable and 'smart'. The 'eco smart city', for instance, uses networked sensing, cloud and mobile computing to optimise, control, and regulate urban processes and resources. From real-time bus information, autonomous electric vehicles, smart parking, and smart street lighting, such initiatives are …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Design
Research centre(s)

Design Lab

Engineering response to climate emergency with zero carbon footprint for building construction by 2030 using circular economy principles

We as engineers can make a contribution to address the current climate emergency.The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council report (2016) found that if Australia's built environment sector reaches zero carbon emissions for the operation of residential and commercial buildings by 2050, it could contribute 28% to the country's 2030 emissions reduction target and save up to AU$20 billion.In this project we will consider the application of the circular economy, which is based on the principles of designing out waste and …

Study level
PhD, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science
Centre for a Waste-Free World

Identifying emergent ecosystem responses through genes-to-ecosystems integration at Stordalen Mire

Permafrost thaw induced by climate change is predicted to make up to 174 Pg of near-surface carbon (less than 3m below the surface) available for microbial degradation by 2100. Despite having major implications for human health, prediction of the magnitude of carbon loss as carbon dioxide (CO2) or methane (CH4) is hampered by our limited knowledge of microbial metabolism of organic matter in these environments.Genome-centric meta-omic analysis of microbial communities provides the necessary information to examine how specific lineages transform …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Microbiome Research

Quantifying oxygen tolerance in a climate-relevant ecosystem using machine learning

Aims and methodologyPermafrost thaw induced by climate change is predicted to make up to 174 Pg of near-surface carbon (less than 3m below the surface) available for microbial degradation by 2100. Despite having major implications for human health, prediction of the magnitude of carbon loss as carbon dioxide (CO2) or methane (CH4) is hampered by our limited knowledge of microbial metabolism of organic matter in these environments. Genome-centric meta-omic analysis of microbial communities provides the necessary information to examine how …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Microbiome Research

Ecological interactions in Antarctic ecosystems

Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems are dominated by mosses, lichens, invertebrates and some vascular plants. Marine vertebrates (penguins, seals, seabirds) also play an important role in driving terrestrial processes. All these species are influenced by many environmental and biotic factors, including interactions between species. Determining the impacts of climatic and environmental change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biodiversity requires greater understanding of these interactions.Ecological data on species interactions and the drivers of these interactions are an essential part of Antarctic and …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Promoting compliance with international environmental law: developments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement

The compliance systems of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) play a critical role in overseeing states’ implementation of their commitments under international environmental law. Effective compliance systems can contribute to the success of MEAs, thereby helping to address critical global environmental challenges. Given the high stakes of failed international co-operation to address these challenges, it is important to better understand the optimal design and operation of MEA compliance systems.The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

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