- Who: Earthwatch Institute
- When: Ongoing
- Where: National
Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to do your bit to preserve our natural environment for generations to come? If so, join the ClimateWatch team – a community made up of ordinary people, who together, are making a real difference to the future of our planet.
ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia’s plants and animals. The first project of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.
“A change of 1-2 degrees will mean 90% of the ‘core habitat’ in Australia’s wet tropics will be lost. With a 2-3 degree increase 97% the Great Barrier Reef will be bleached every year.” CSIRO research
ClimateWatch aims to create a leading online database for environmental scientists studying the effects of climate change. It will be created from data entered by volunteer observers around the country who will record their observations and then enter them into this ClimateWatch website.
Climate change is affecting rainfall and temperature across Australia, and is consequently triggering changes in the established flowering times, breeding cycles and migration movements and other phenological changes. Essentially based on phenology, the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and inter-annual variations in climate, the data contributed by everyday Australians to ClimateWatch will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.
Four steps to get involved
- Register on the ClimateWatch website
- Confirm your registration by clicking on the automated email in your inbox
- Select a species to watch
- Start observing and come back to the ClimateWatch website to record what you see
- ClimateWatch is the first project of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere
- About 9-12% of magpies will swoop aggressively and are nearly all males