Catastrophic Science

bush fire

After the catastrophic bushfires in Canberra, UNSW researchers made some fascinating discoveries, including what led to a rare fire tornado. The results of their work will be used by fire fighters to save lives in the future.


Climate change is already having an impact on communities. Find out about one island's entire population that had to leave their homes forever, the ski fields that became a dust bowl – and how one researcher is tackling the problem.

nuclear bomb

The Fukishima nuclear disaster in Japan leached radioactive particles into the ocean. UNSW climate scientists are using them as a tracer to understand more about the health of our oceans. Bomb traces and fluerocarbons also have a story to tell.

World Trade Center and how it collapsed

What caused the collapse of the World Trade Center? How could buildings and cities be better evacuated in the event of a bombing? Find out in this latest episode of Catastrophic Science, the series exploring the life-saving research resulting from catastrophes.


Scientists at UNSW Australia are working with collaborators to bring back an extinct and rather special amphibian.


Cutting edge UNSW research projects resulting from catastrophes such as fires, tsunamis, terrorism and infectious diseases are the focus of a new video series produced by UNSWTV.