The Australian Climate Change Science Program (ACCSP) is a major Australian Government climate change science program. The world-class science carried out by the ACCSP informs Australia’s key decision makers and improves our understanding of the causes, nature, timing and consequences of climate change.
With co-investment by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the ACCSP invests approximately $15m annually in about 30 research projects that meet the shared goals and priorities of CSIRO, BoM, and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. These goals and priorities are guided by CSIRO’s joint research programs with BoM through the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research.
Science undertaken by the ACCSP focuses on the Southern Hemisphere because most other climate change science is generated in the Northern Hemisphere and does not provide all the information needed for Australian decision making.
The ACCSP also focuses on the national climate science priorities needed to address the climate change issues facing us over the coming decade in line with the Australian Government’s National Framework for Climate Change Science (the Framework). The Framework guides climate change research so that it can help Australia understand the impacts of climate change, develop ways to adapt, and to manage its carbon emissions.