Science & Tech

A school of surgeonfish swims over a reef

Warming waters are leading to the ‘tropicalisation’ of temperate reefs: gone are the kelp forests, and local fish populations are responding unexpectedly.

Dingo walking on sand

It’s time to take dingoes out of the doghouse. 

Glasshouse Rocks Beach near Narooma

A UNSW analysis has found waters off Sydney, southern NSW and eastern Tasmania are demonstrating an accelerated warming trend.

Beach after storm

UNSW engineers are leveraging the popularity of Insta-famous sites to study severe weather events and improve coastal planning practices.

A flooded road with people standing by

In any given year, there's a 1% chance of a 'once in a century' flood. But that doesn't mean they can't happen more than once in quick succession.

Platypus

A three-year study has confirmed that significant alterations to flow regimes by dams can have a big impact on downstream platypus populations.

Wetland and saltmarsh river estuary

Eco-engineering development from UNSW Sydney could revive saltmarsh and mangrove wetland areas valued at around $US230b globally.

Aerial view of beachgoers at an Australian beach

Australia may be leading the way on coastal drowning research, but a study led by UNSW has identified the need for more evidence to support prevention strategies. 

Regrowth after bushfires

Community scientists have been photographing animals and plants in the months after the Black Summer fires. Each observation is a story of survival against the odds, or of tragedy.

Ferns sprouting after bushfire

UNSW Sydney researchers have shown how a rapid-response citizen science project can provide data on plant, animal and fungus recovery following the 2019/20 mega-fires.

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