Climate Science

Climate change: the impact on communities

We aim to provide policy-makers, business leaders, the media, and the public with the latest accurate information about climate science and the ecological and social effects of climate change. We provide rigorously checked, credible and relevant information from peer-reviewed sources, contacts to UWA experts who can clearly explain the scientific literature, and strive to foster a better understanding of the consequences of climate change and correct some common misconceptions that can confuse the public.

Australia and the globe are experiencing rapid climate change.

Since the middle of last century, Australian temperatures have, on average, risen by about 1ÂșC with an increase in the frequency of heatwaves and a decrease in the numbers of frosts and cold days. Rainfall patterns have also changed; the northwest is experiencing an increase in rainfall while much of eastern Australia and the southwest is experiencing a decline.

UWA is committed to innovative solutions to address this issue.

UWA School of Population Health

The Ecology and Health research group with the School of Population Health is examining the relationship between human and ecosystem health, and the health consequences of (often non-sustainable) national and global environmental decisions.

The research program focuses on climatic impacts on water availability and use, infectious diseases, and urban pollutants and their implications for community health. With partners in the public health community, researchers are working in GIS modelling and spatial analysis of health risks arising from climatic change.

Institute for Regional Development

The Institute focuses on the economic and social challenges facing regions in the developed and developing world.

It has a strong track record of research examining the interactions between people and their environments, and the ways that these relationships influence policy and planning.

Researchers are focusing on the social and economic impact of environmental hazards and disasters; coastal planning and management; and the adaptation of urban and rural communities to emerging climatic realities.