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Drought Research Program – 2023 Update

April 3, 2024 10:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Drought research program at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes is focused on understanding what determines the onset, persistence and termination of drought. We are particularly interested in understanding this for the recent NSW drought (2017 to 2019) and into the future. After a particularly wet couple of years in Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology declared an El Niño in September 2023. Understanding the link between El Niño and drought is a major research focus in the... View Article

Ocean Extremes Research Program – 2023 Update

April 3, 2024 10:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Marine heatwaves and mesoscale (~10–100 kilometres) ocean physics profoundly impact the marine environment. They affect ocean physical properties like temperature, mixing, eddies and fronts. These processes, in turn, affect plant and animal physiology and nutrient availability, with consequences at all levels of the ocean food chain. Marine heatwaves also interact with atmospheric physics, while ocean biology and chemistry are at the core of the carbon cycle, with consequences for future climate trajectories. The Ocean Extremes research program at the ARC... View Article

Computational Modelling Systems – 2023 Update

April 3, 2024 10:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Computational Modelling Systems team provides technical support with climate model configuration, data analysis, and data management to researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. The team provides support via a helpdesk and runs a weekly CodeBreak online session. The CodeBreak includes short training sessions on various topics and allows the team to work one-on-one with the researchers, solving their coding issues. Blog posts, training, and other documentation are other ways the team supports the community. These... View Article

Governance, Management and our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – 2023

April 3, 2024 10:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes has a robust and efficient governance structure. Our governance model ensures participative decision-making by all Centre members via the following: our committees for early career researchers, infrastructure, diversity and culture, seminars, and engagement and impact. Each committee presents recommendations to the Centre Executive and provides updates to monthly Chief Investigator meetings. In addition to these internal structures, the Centre of Excellence receives guidance and strategic advice from its Advisory... View Article

Attribution and Risk Research Program – 2023 Update

April 3, 2024 10:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Attribution and Risk research program had a busy start to the year, organising and participating in a number of seminars and meetings around the February and March extreme rainfall events in Queensland and NSW and associated floods. This included substantial outreach through media interviews and briefing notes on extreme rainfall, atmospheric rivers, compound events and the triple-dip La Niña, as well as contributions to the 2022 NSW Flood Inquiry. The extent to which climate change played a role in... View Article

Engagement and Impact at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes – 2023

April 3, 2024 10:18 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Climate science is a fundamental part of protecting and improving the resilience of communities from the extremes of climate change. Floods, fires, heatwaves, storms, and rising oceans—extreme events—will become more widespread with every fraction of warming. Governments, industry, and decision-makers are asking climate scientists for help and advice to prepare for the decades to come. We need to be able to look ahead and plan for the future. The Engagement and Impact team at the ARC Centre of Excellence for... View Article

Case Study: Learning in Real Media Environments – 2023 Update

April 3, 2024 10:10 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes has made a concerted effort in 2023 to ensure that researchers gain long-term communications and media skills well into their future careers. Rather than focus on low-value and short-term media opportunities, the Centre has focused on building structure and skills for researchers. This has been achieved in three primary ways: Collaborative Practice Content Utilising climateextremes.org.au and the Centre’s social media channels, the Engagement and Impact team has used these platforms to help... View Article

Collaborative Science and Communications

April 3, 2024 10:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Dr Georgy Falster worked with colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Hawaii and the University of California to conduct research into the Pacific Walker Circulation (the atmospheric part of the El Niño Southern Oscillation – a significant influence on droughts and rainfall), using data collected by scientists all over the world. The research, published in the prestigious journal Nature, found that the Pacific Walker Circulation has changed its behaviour in the industrial era – in ways... View Article

Briefing Notes – 2023

April 3, 2024 10:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In 2023, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes produced several high-impact briefing notes, garnering global attention for the Centre’s research and researchers. What is a Briefing note? A briefing note is a targeted publication by the Centre of Excellence that educates and informs a specific audience about a scientific question or concept. Briefing notes can be tailored for many different audiences and purposes. The Engagement and Impact team works with researchers to tailor content for their target audience,... View Article

Modelling Research Program – 2023 Update

April 3, 2024 10:03 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Climate models are the main tools available to climate scientists worldwide to predict future changes in the ocean-atmosphere-land system, and these are widely used to study climate processes. Climate modelling also underpins much of the research performed throughout the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. The Modelling research program improves Australia’s climate model, the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS), to benefit the research and prediction across our Centre and the nation. The Modelling program works closely... View Article