Friday 15 February 2019
The Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat (GoA), Red Sea, harbors a high-latitude (29°N), yet flourishing and diverse coral reef. In spite of a normal rate of warming (~0.035°C per yr) and the occasional occurrence of extremely hot summers, no mass bleaching has ever been reported from the GoA. The local corals appear to defy the otherwise universal “heating rule” of coral bleaching. On the other hand, mass mortalities of corals occur in the GoA due to algal smothering during unusual spring blooms that follow extremely cold winters. In this talk, I will demonstrate how both phenomena are related to the unique geology and oceanography of the Red Sea, where a shallow sill (137 m) at the Straits of Bab el Mandeb controls the temperature and extent of water exchange with the Indian Ocean. Consequently, the deep Red Sea waters are unusually warm (e.g., 21°C at 2500 m depth), stratification is weak, and vertical mixing during winter reaches depths that greatly exceed any other warm-water ocean on the globe (e.g., >800 m in the cold winter after the Pinatubo eruption in 1991).
Wednesday 2 January 2019


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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Why do food researchers and activists need to understand capitalism?

Wednesday 17 October 2018
Plastic waste is undoubtedly a global challenge. Our love affair with plastic began with the widespread popularity of Bakelite wireless radios in the early 1900s. Fast-forward another 100 years or so, and Leo Baekeland could never have foreseen the popularity, diversity or ubiquity of the material for which he coined the name ‘plastics’. It’s widely acknowledged that plastic has now become a significant threat to our long-term ecological survival. Plastic is literally everywhere – and that’s becoming a BIG problem because we don't have a sophisticated way of dealing with the material on a global scale.
Thursday 11 October 2018
Join Tor Hundloe and Keeley Hartzer for the Brisbane launch of their timely new book which outlines how solar energy has changed the world forever. Bookings essential as places are limited for this world-first preview evening at the UQ Global Change Institute.
Tuesday 25 September 2018
[SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED-OUT] -- We are delighted to announce that Australian environmentalist Professor Tim Flannery will deliver the 2018 Challenge of Change Lecture at the UQ Global Change Institute on Tuesday, 25 September. Professor Flannery has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Tuesday 21 August 2018
Join Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota, when he discusses how China is developing and testing a new measure of ecological performance, Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP), as a guide to securing sustainable improvements in both human well-being and the environment. GEP accounting can help reveal the social and economic contributions of ecosystems, highlight ecological connections among regions, guide financial compensation from ecosystem service beneficiaries to regions supplying those services, inform conservation policy and serve as a government performance metric.
Tuesday 10 July 2018
University of Queensland scientists are launching a new monthly series of seminars focussing on nutrient stewardship and the development of next generation fertilisers. Coordinated by UQ’s Professor Susanne Schmidt, this interdisciplinary group will include input from industry and government stakeholders.
Friday 8 June 2018
This event will be an opportunity to highlight the carbon-reduction potential of geopolymer concrete to representatives from industry, research and government. In addition, the workshop will examine the constraints preventing wider take-up of these advanced materials and explore potential opportunities for research collaboration. Please note the change-of-date. The event will be held on Friday, 8 June at the Global Change Institute.
Tuesday 5 June 2018
Future Earth is an eminent global research network aimed at enhancing sustainability by enabling and translating the Sustainable Development Goals from research to practice. This informal public event will showcase the activities of the global Future Earth network by bringing together three key Future Earth initiatives underway in Australia and abroad.
Friday 1 June 2018
The theme for the 2018 Global Change Institute photo competition is ‘Coral Reefs under Global Change’. Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a crucial role in determining weather, stabilising planetary temperature and regulating the atmosphere. Life would not be possible without our oceans. Coral reefs make up 0.1% of the Earth’s surface, and yet they are known to house as much as 25% of all marine biodiversity. Research shows that at the current rate of warming, coral reefs – which provide food, jobs and storm protection to several hundred million people – will disappear completely by 2050. More than simply warming marine waters, climate change is also inducing increased ocean acidity that will take generations to negate. In this the International Year of the Reef, rising sea levels, unsustainable fishing, global pollution and coastal development are all threatening the future of our coral reefs, and the resources they provide.
Tuesday 22 May 2018
The UQ Global Change Institute is delighted to welcome Bureau of Meteorology Senior Principal Research Scientist Dr Scott Power to deliver a GCI science seminar on Tuesday, 22 May. Dr Power conducts research on global warming, El Niño, decade-to-decade climate variability, Pacific climate, and historical changes in severe weather. He is also the Bureau's focal point for planning on a number of projects aimed at assisting Small Pacific Island Countries better adapt to climate change and climate variability. The former head of operational climate monitoring and prediction in the Bureau, Scott is also and a former acting head of Australia’s National Climate Centre.


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