CSIRO’s Larry Marshall denies climate science strategy backflip as new $20m research centre announced

Posted Mon at 4:28pm

A new $20 million research centre in Hobart reaffirms Australia’s commitment to climate change science, in what CSIRO chief Larry Marshall says is not a strategic backflip.

Key points:

  • The new centre will look at how the southern oceans impact climate
  • CSIRO boss denies it is a turnaround on his 2016 climate change strategy
  • China interested in how the southern oceans affect monsoon

The Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR), a joint venture principally between the CSIRO and China’s Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, was announced today and will begin operating in June.

Over five years, the Chinese will stump up $10 million and the CSIRO $8.25 million with the University of New South Wales and the University of Tasmania adding the remainder.

CSHOR (the acronym pronounced ‘Seashore’) will be examining how the southern hemisphere oceans — the Indian, the Southern and the Pacific — interact and drive global climate.

“This centre is really targeting the most important open questions on how the southern oceans work and their influence on climate, and we’re looking from the tropics right down to Antarctica,” CSIRO climate scientist Dr Steve Rintoul said




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