Generating integrated climate change research
The Griffith Climate Change Response Program leads Griffith University’s research into climate change adaptation and mitigation. As climate change issues cut across many fields of study our research projects are transdisciplinary. The program brings together the wealth of Griffith research expertise from across the University, enabling climate change problems to be addressed in a comprehensive manner and often in conjunction with our international partners.
Climate change in the news
- The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis – 20 Sept, The Guardian
- The science connecting wildfires to climate change – 17 Sept, National Geographic
- The megafires and pandemic expose the lies that frustrate action on climate change – 17 Sept, The Guardian
- Climate change threatens Komodo dragons – 17 Sept, Science Daily
- Trump’s plan for managing forests won’t save us in a more flammable world, experts say – 17 Sept, WP
- Super funds are feeling the financial heat from climate change – 16 Sept, Phys Org
Video - Combating climate change in the Pacific
Climate change is presenting an existential threat in the Pacific; with island nation states not only a loss of property, but a loss of culture and identity. The EcoAdapt project identifies ecosystem-based approaches for climate change adaptation in the coastal zone of Pacific island states and territories in the face of a rapidly changing climate.
QUEENSLAND CLIMATE READY PROGRAM
An innovative partnership between Griffith University and the Queensland Government, which has been successful in enabling several Queensland Government departments to prepare for current and future climate risks and opportunities. The Queensland Climate Ready Program is an excellent example of a novel climate action partnership that can help achieve collective impact on climate change.
IPCC MEETING IN FARO, PORTUGAL
From 26 January - 1 February 2020 experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Faro, Portugal to advance preparations for the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). This was the third lead author meeting for this report, bringing together around 260 experts from more than 60 countries. Prof Brendan Mackey and Dr Esther Onyango of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program participated in the meeting. The event was hosted by the Government of Portugal and the University of the Algarve.
UTS BIG THINKING FORUM
On 9 July 2019, Professor Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, presented at the UTS Big Thinking Forum: Saving the Climate. The event brought together leading thinkers from industry, government and academia for an inspiring yet urgent discussion about the ambitious journey in front of us towards a safe and prosperous planet – and what solving climate change in one generation means for our everyday lives.
GCCRP AND QLD GOVERNMENT SYMPOSIUM
On 5 June 2019 Griffith University organised in partnership with the Qld Department of Environment & Science, the Knowledge Sharing Symposium: Subnational Climate Action in Asia-Pacific, at the State Library of Qld. The format of the event personalised climate change and provided a platform for people to talk about how climate change is impacting their professional and personal lives, how climate change is intertwined with the other pressures on their lives, and how they are responding. The event was one of a number of events across Climate Week Qld.
COMMUNITY CLIMATE SCIENCE UPDATE IN TOOWOOMBA
On 17 May 2019 Prof Brendan Mackey presented to a full house at a Toowoomba community event at the Cobb and Co Museum - “Climate science update: what’s happening to the weather and what it means for Queensland?”. He provided an update on climate change science, discussed some of the major current and project impacts of concern, and reviewed the level of mitigation ambition now required.
AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE
In the week commencing 7 March 2019, the inaugural ‘Witoelar Dialogue’ was held. It is a high-level dialogue bringing diplomats, policy officials and influencers together in conversation about deepening regional cooperation between Australia and Indonesia on climate change and sustainable development. On the final day of the visit, the delegation visited the Griffith University Gold Coast campus for a roundtable discussion on specific climate change and sustainable development issues and participated in a field visit of coastal sites to explore coastal management responses to climate change.
WHALES PROJECT MEETING IN SOUTH AFRICA
From 28-31 January 2019 the inaugural Whales in a Changing Climate project symposium was held in Cape Town, South Africa. Teamwork and partnerships were fostered, as well as the development of the conceptual research model. Conceptualising the many aspects of the research and forming a pathway on how the multidisciplinary team will tackle the challenging tasks of modelling impacts of climate change on whales was an important step initialising the project.
- Find out more about the Whales in a Changing Climate project
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION HOSTED BY THE GERMAN BUDESTAG
On 28 February 2019 Prof Brendan Mackey (Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program), Prof Susanne Becken (Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism), Prof Rodger Tomlinson (Director, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management) and climate change researchers from other organisations, joined a roundtable discussion on climate change in Germany, Europe and the Asia-Pacific Region with the Vice-President of the German Budestag, Claudia Roth and other German Government representatives.
GCCRP AT COP 24
A number of researchers from the Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) attended as observers at the UN Climate Change Conference held in Katowice, Poland (COP 24) from 2 - 14 December 2018. Dr Johanna Nalau of the GCCRP provided the High Level Statement on behalf of RINGOs (Research and Independent Non-Government Organisations) at the Plenary. Researchers are also participated in various side events at COP 24.
- The presentation - Needs-based Climate Finance Strategy in Melanesia - initiative led by the Melanesian Spearhead Group with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and Griffith University. Dr Tim Cadman, Research Fellow, GCCRP and Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, moderated the event.
- View the presentation from Prof Brendan Mackey, GCCRP Director - The interdependency of forests, ecosystem integrity and biodiversity for climate action - to the Global Landscapes Forum