Climate History Australia is a landmark initiative to reconstruct Australian climate over past centuries.
Using historical records, our team pieces together past climate variability and extremes to understand their influence on Australian society over time. Understanding the past helps scientists estimate Australia’s vulnerability to continued climate change.
Our researchers won the 2014 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – informally known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’ – for reconstructing south-eastern Australian climate over the past 1000 years.
Currently, our team is looking for volunteers to help create Australia’s longest daily weather record from a globally recognised climate change ‘hot spot’, Perth. The citizen science project will help scientists reconstruct Perth’s daily weather from 1830 to the present day. Take part on the citizen science platform, Zooniverse, here.
In 2020, we ran a citizen science project to develop a daily weather record for Adelaide back to 1838. There’s more detail in the video below. Click here to sign up to our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with our latest news and research.