The Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster was formed in 2008 with funding from the UTS Research Investment Strategy.
This support recognised that the extensive body of research undertaken by UTS scientists over more than a decade could be harnessed to form a high impact internationally competitive research program in climate change.
The C3 uses the UTS Science state-of-the-art research facilities and this fosters a cross-disciplinary approach that attracts researchers with backgrounds in physics, atmospheric modelling and oceanography. Field research locations include Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, Northern Territory, Great Barrier Reef and Western NSW.
Membership has grown to over 70 researchers, associates, adjuncts and PhD and Honours candidates. All are involved in a diverse range of research areas reflecting core member expertise in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Cluster members work collaboratively with Australian institutes and overseas organisations in Europe and North America.
An important additional aspect of C3's charter is to support the undergraduate teaching of the next generation of biologists and ecologists to give them the skills and tools to improve our understanding of climate change issues.
CSIRO Coastal Carbon Cluster (Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster)
In 2013 Australia's largest coastal blue carbon accounting, mapping and measurement study was launched under the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship. UTS will administer the $3 million funding over three years. C3 Executive Director Professor Peter Ralph will co-lead The Coastal Carbon Cluster together with Professor Carlos Duarte from the University of Western Australia.
Discover more about the role C3 will play in fostering this vital scientific research.