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$2.3m grant for climate change research

16-08-2011
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A new, world-class space research project aims to improve weather forecasts and our understanding of climate change.

The Greenhouse Gas Monitor project, led by Vipac Engineers & Scientists, is being funded through a $2.3 million grant from the Australian Government’s Australian Space Research Program.

Launching the project on behalf of Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, Federal Member for Makin Tony Zappia said space science is no longer about a race to the moon but about helping us tackle quality-of-life issues such as weather forecasting and our changing climate.

“The project will boost Australian design, construction and testing of advanced, remote sensing instruments and its greenhouse gas monitoring capability will further our understanding of climate change,” Mr Zappia said.

Senator Carr said the project showcases Australian innovation and the capacity of our world-class research to drive new industries and opportunities.

“This is an example of government, researchers and industry working together at the forefront of climate technology and modelling,” Senator Carr said.

“Vipac will work with the Australian National University, the universities of Wollongong and Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology and Melbourne-based Rosebank Engineering. This is the sort of collaboration that will make Australia richer, greener and fairer.”

The $40 million Australian Space Research Program is designed to develop Australia’s niche space capabilities. For more information on the Program, visit www.space.gov.au.

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