C3 emerged out of an understanding that by bringing together expert UTS terrestrial and aquatic researchers, a cross-disciplinary research program could be established to address the weaknesses in Global Circulation Models (GCMs) used to make predictions about climate change. Although powerful, current GCMs generally fail to integrate the biological function of Australia’s oceans and landscapes resulting in poor predictions about climate
Individually C3 members have had a strong foci on plant- based processes and the establishment of a climate change cluster based on plant functional biology aims to coalesce this expertise to improve the biological parameters used in GCMs. Together C3 research targets the central components of GCMs – plant physiology and how plants alter the climate.
This cohesion will also allow stronger collaborative links to be formed with other UTS research centres and faculties and the broader community.
The extensive previous research output of C3 members provides a framework of research topics that underpins the future work of the C3 in a range of land and water based habitats.
C3 researchers have developed a range of specific skills and they will continue to refine and develop innovative techniques as the research program progresses. This is reflected in the current range of funding grants.
Details on other projects are located under Research Areas.
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