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Author: Alvin Stone

Research brief: Regional climate models capture changes to extreme storms

Short, extreme rainfall events will increase in a warming climate, according to observations and climate models. Australian observations suggest these storms become smaller in size, with increased rainfall concentrating even more around the centre of the storm cell. However, there has been recent contradictory climate model research that suggests storm areas may become larger. To understand this contradiction the researchers compared two different model types to real world observations of storm cell changes that occurred with rising temperatures. An area centred on the Sydney Basin with 53 rain gauges, was the focus of their investigation. The researchers used a...

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Multiple PhD opportunities – CLEX Monash

The CLEX node at Monash is offering several PhD scholarships on a competitive basis. The scholarships may cover fees and living expenses for 3 years. Generous travel support for PhD students to visit our international partners exists. Some projects may involve other universities, the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, or one of our international partners.

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Some trees may survive future heat better than expected

This research suggests some trees and in particular, Australian trees, may be more resilient than expected to future warming and extreme events. These findings have implications for planning around which species to plant in “green cities” to help mitigate future climate extremes.

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ARCCSS Showcase projects

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science had its send-off at Old Parliament House last week, with a showcase of seven years of amazing climate research. Our five research programs all had dazzling displays, ranging from 3D-printed cumulonimbus to virtual reality explorations of the Earth. Building the heartbeat I was invited to build some interactive pieces for the extremes research program. The first, built in collaboration with Dr Andrew King, is called The Heartbeat of Australian Extremes. It shows the trend in hot nights (those that don’t fall below 20 °C) across Australia over the last 70...

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