University of Wollongong part of $2.3 million research project to better predict weather and detect climate change

The University of Wollongong is part of a world-class research project that will help us better detect climate change and predict the weather, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, said today.

The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Space Research Program (ASRP).

Congratulating the University of Wollongong as part of a $2.3 million grant led by South Australian company Vipac Engineers and Scientists, Ms Bird said the Greenhouse Gas Monitor project will develop a sensor to improve the measurement of greenhouse gases.

The Vipac-led team includes the Australian National University, the universities of Wollongong and Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology and Melbourne-based Rosebank Engineering. The project will increase Australia’s capability in the design, construction and testing of advanced, remote sensing instruments.

The University of Wollongong will provide scientific leadership to the project and its world-class testing facilities will be vital to the project’s success.

“By tying sensitive measurements to satellite observations, scientists will be able to provide a clear record of the level of greenhouse gases. This will help us monitor changes in the climate,” Ms Bird said.

“In turn this will improve our knowledge of the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and also lead to more reliable weather forecasts. The new weather forecast capability will also benefit our agriculture industries.

“This is yet another example of how the Commonwealth Government’s continued investment at the University of Wollongong is driving research and development, which will have broad applications for Australian innovation, commercialisation and jobs growth”, she said.

Over the last 2 years, the Commonwealth Government has invested $205.7 million at the University of Wollongong.