10 April 2012 – Data produced at a new NSW research institute is expected to help determine the impact of climate change on land and water.

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the University of Western Sydney was opened by the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans on 4 April.

“The facilities at the institute act as a climatic time machine that will give scientists unique access to study the effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide, changed rainfall patterns and rising temperatures on the environment,” Senator Evans said.

“Australia’s record in science and research is significant and our future potential in projects like the Synchrotron and the SKA radio telescope right through to climate change research at the Hawkesbury Institute means our strong record will continue,” he said.

The institute was established with $40 million from the federal government and $15 million from The University of Western Sydney.

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