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Project update  April
So much in the world has changed since our last Ginninderra Project Update in late 2019. The word ‘unprecedented’ has appeared numerous times in 2020 as we have seen one crisis or natural disaster after another.

Following hot and dry conditions in spring and summer, the ACT region, like many parts of the country, experienced large-scale bushfires and hazardous air quality from bushfire smoke. 
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CSIRO Black Mountain site pummeled by giant hailstones

A Canberra hailstorm impacted the Black Mountain site on Monday 20 January, leaving a trail of destruction.

Thankfully all CSIRO staff and visitors were safe. The golf-ball sized hailstones impacted most of our 65 glasshouses, several buildings, solar panels, and important food, fibre and biosecurity research, not to mention the many private and CSIRO vehicles on site. CSIRO activated an emergency response team and has since been implementing a hailstorm recovery action plan at the site.

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'Digital twin' empowers smart urban planning

CSIRO’s Data61 showcased a cutting edge urban planning technology at the launch of the 3D ‘Digital Twin’ model for Western Sydney on 24 February.

With the myriad of connected sensors being introduced to urban environments, we’ve never had so much data available to plan, design and create smart cities of the future. Data-driven urban management is predicted to be a $5-10 billion export opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region by 2028 and Australia and CSIRO are taking steps to be world leaders in this space.

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CSIRO on the frontline for a COVID-19 vaccine

Science and innovation play a critical role fighting COVID-19 and in solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The COVID-19 pandemic is emerging as the most significant health  and economic challenge that Australia and the global community have faced in recent history. As the numbers of infected and the human toll continues to mount across the world, CSIRO scientists are on the frontline of the global effort to find solutions.

CSIRO announced the start of first stage testing of potential vaccines for COVID-19 at CSIRO’s high-containment biosecurity facility, The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) at Geelong.

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Shaping a resilient Australia

With drought, bushfires, storms, and COVID-19, the start to 2020 has underlined some of the many challenges facing Australia and the world.

As the national science agency, CSIRO is addressing such challenges through innovative science and technology. At a time when Australia and the world needs solutions, our scientists are taking up these challenges, on many fronts.

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