Climate Futures’ urban heat mapping research in the news

January 18, 2024

Even in Tasmania’s temperate climate, projections show that extreme heat events will increase under climate change. That’s why it is crucial for Tasmania’s cities to understand and plan for extreme heat and the risk of heat stress for their inhabitants. Climate Futures PhD student Ben Weeding is undertaking research that will help Hobart plan for […]

Climate Futures wins a major Disaster Ready Fund grant

July 13, 2023

The Climate Futures Team has won a major grant from the Australian Government’s Disaster Ready Fund. A Natural Hazards Atlas for Tasmania: mapping natural hazards to build disaster resilience and preparedness is a project led by Dr Kathleen Beyer, the Climate Futures Team’s Director. The project has been awarded $2,247,890. The Natural Hazards Atlas for Tasmanian Communities […]

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UTAS wins #1 for Climate Action

June 1, 2023

The University is ranked 1st in the world – for the second year running – for the specific goal of “Climate Action”. Times Higher Education has announced that the University of Tasmania is ranked 5th in the world for its performance against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The University is ranked 3rd in the world for the “Life below Water” goal […]


Curious Climate Schools wins a Green Gown Award

November 17, 2022

Climate Futures is excited to announce that the Curious Climate Schools project has won a Green Gown Australasia Award for Benefitting Society. Curious Climate Schools was established by a group of researchers, including Climate Futures team members, to provide for a lack of holistic learning on climate change in the Australian school curriculum. The Curious […]

The University of Tasmania celebrates its IPCC authors

The University of Tasmania celebrates its IPCC authors

October 7, 2022

Today our UTAS IPCC Lead Authors presented their work, just published in the IPCC’s new AR6 report, at a public event at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Four University of Tasmania scientists were lead authors of the IPCC Working Group II report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and were among the 270 scientists around […]

Megadroughts helped topple ancient empires. We’ve found their traces in Australia’s past, and expect more to come

Climate Futures researcher shows we must prepare for future megadroughts

October 6, 2022

New research published in Nature Reviews – Earth & Environment and also featured in The Conversation, uses palaeoclimate data to show that megadroughts must be factored into planning for future climate conditions. Exceptional drought events, known as megadroughts, have occurred on every continent outside Antarctica over the past ~2,000 years, causing major ecological and societal disturbances. […]

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