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Climate change and environment

Partner with us to improve outcomes in climate change mitigation, environmental management and adaptation to a changing climate.

Providing solutions to climate change

​​The effects of climate change are being felt across industries, environments and communities. The breadth of research at UQ means we’re at the forefront of developing solutions for adapting to and mitigating climate change.​

Our collaborative initiatives and transdisciplinary research groups are investigating practical ways to take action and adopt informed strategies to improve outcomes across climate change and environment across different sectors, from built environment to agriculture, circular economy and energy.

Whether you work in research, industry or government, we're ready to partner with you to secure our collective future prosperity.

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What we offer

Partnering with us provides access to the following benefits.

Multidisciplinary partnerships

Collaborations across government, industry and not-for-profits have expanded our expertise across disciplines from decarbonisation to conservation.

World-leading expertise

Our world-leading experts have experience delivering solutions to meet industry needs.

State-of-the-art infrastructure

Our facilities include equipment for measurement and monitoring, testing, fabricating and field trials on farm or reef.

Our capabilities

As Australia’s most comprehensive university, our researchers cover environmental, technical, social, economic, and cultural aspects of the capabilities below.


Climate change impacts and resilience

  • Preparation, management, and recovery of natural disasters including bushfire, flood, coastal inundation, sea-level rise, cyclone, heat, drought, severe storms
  • Food security
  • Water security
  • Community adaptation 
  • Risk management
  • Planetary health
  • Public health and wellbeing
  • Social impacts
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Environmental management

  • Enabling the mitigation hierarchy: avoid, minimise, restoration and like-for-like impact offsets
  • Restoration and conservation of ecosystems and wildlife
    • Conserve biodiversity 
    • Marine science
    • Legal barriers
  • Measurement and reporting of emissions
  • Environmental monitoring from earth observation to direct field measurements
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Climate change mitigation

  • Decarbonisation of built environment
  • Sustainable food and agriculture
  • Circular economy
  • Nature positive industry
  • Mitigation hierarchy implementation: avoid, minimise, restore, like-for-like offset

Didn’t find what you were looking for? We also have portfolios in Energy Transitions and Advanced Manufacturing.

Partner with us

Keen to know more or have an idea for a partnership? Contact our industry specialist. 

​​Dr Alisa Becker
Associate Director (Climate Change and Environment) 
Strategic Partnerships - Industry and Government

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Facilities and infrastructure

  • Moreton Bay Research Station
  • Heron Island Research Station
  • TERN: Australia's Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
  • Gatton Farms animal and crop science facilities
  • Observational meteorology including Mobile and Bistatic Weather Radar
  • Fire Safety Facilities

Research stories

See our research in action, learn more about ongoing projects and read our success stories.

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Salt water-degradable plastics to help oceans

UQ researchers are developing a plastic that breaks down in seawater to help turn the tide on marine waste.
Professor Hamish McGowan uses AI to trace the movement of embers and understand extreme bushfire hazards.

Saving lives during bushfire season

How AI and mobile weather radars are being used to better prepare us for bushfire dangers.
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Study reveals flood mud burden on Moreton Bay

Mud samples taken from Moreton Bay have sounded a warning about the impact of climate change on this coastal habitat.