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Author: Alvin Stone

Nerilie Abram’s summer in Antarctica

The Mount Brown South ice-core drilling project in East Antarctica was successfully completed in the 2017/2018 summer season. Mount Brown is located approximately 340km from Davis station and at an elevation of over 2000 metres on the East Antarctic Plateau. The field project involved a team of eight who lived in tents and battled intense katabatic winds to retrieve the new ice core.

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Graduate Director’s report – April 2018

Welcome to the Researcher Development Program in CLEX. “What is the Researcher Development Program” you ask? Well, this program recognises that development does not stop once you submit your PhD, and therefore offers development opportunities for all centre researchers. The program will include fundamental research and communication skills, professional development, mentoring and leadership opportunities and will complement opportunities offered at the nodes.

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RP4 Climate variability and teleconnections report – April 2018

The Climate Variability and Teleconnections research program is only in its formative stages but already the team has added a wealth of individual highlights since the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes started.
Three members of our team – Catia Domingues, Shayne McGregor and Joelle Gergis – have been named as Lead Authors for the next IPCC Working Group 1 report for the 6th Assessment Report (AR6), due to be released in 2021.

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RP3 Drought report – April 2018

In a major achievement, a version of the Australian community land model is now running in the ACCESS modelling system. This version includes the science advances led by Mark Decker around hydrology and soil evaporation, and the science advances led by Martin de Kauwe and Jatin Kala. It also includes major bug fixes identified by collaborators in the UK, and by colleagues in CSIRO. For the first time, we have a version of the Australian community land model coupled with an up to date version of the UK Meteorological Office’s atmosphere model.

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RP2 Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks report – April 2018

At this early stage in the research program, we have already seen significant progress on understanding how well temperature extremes can be simulated with CABLE coupled to the ACCESS system. Coupling has been improved and we have identified possible causes for the tendency for the model temperature to overstate extremes. This model focus will continue to be a priority in the early part of 2018.
The team has also identified specific continental heatwaves for initial investigation.

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