From Cyclone Jasper to devastating fires in Queensland, Australia experienced unusually intense events in 2023. The State of Weather and Climate Extremes 2023 report, written by more than 30 of Australia's leading scientists, provides an analysis of the key extremes event of last year.
The Gippsland region of eastern Victoria experienced compounding fires and floods during the first week of October 2023 (Figure 1). Gippsland receives the bulk of its rainfall between late autumn and early spring. Temperatures during winter were above average while rainfall was below average, producing a dry landscape. September 2023 received less than 40% of the typical September rainfall. Dried vegetation is a critical ingredient for runaway wildfires, providing the fuel required for the unseasonably early bushfires. On 30th September, the warm, dry, gusty... View Article
Climate Change Amendment Bill 2023: Dr. Nicola Maher represents young climate scientists at the Australian ParliamentFebruary 22, 2024 6:10 pm Leave your thoughts
Following a submission by early career researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes in late November 2023, Dr. Nicola Maher provided evidence on the Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill Inquiry 2023.
Climate scientists have known for a while that there are “tipping elements” in the climate system. These elements can undergo an abrupt change in state, which becomes self-perpetuating and irreversible for a very long time.
This new approach makes it possible to study key characteristics of rainfall events in Australia and improves our understanding of heavy rainfall events.
Ocean warming: new study shows how ocean fronts have changed in oceanic hotspots and how this could impact global fisheries in the futureJanuary 15, 2024 11:57 am Comments Off on Ocean warming: new study shows how ocean fronts have changed in oceanic hotspots and how this could impact global fisheries in the future
Ocean fronts affect phytoplankton and marine food webs, including commercially important fisheries. As the ocean warms, any change in fronts could have considerable socio-economic impacts.
As the summer continues many of us are experiencing very hot temperatures. It is important to be prepared for extreme conditions which can lead to heat stress.
El Niño brings hot and dry weather to the eastern states, but what about the rest of Australia? Explore the impacts of El Niño with this new interactive map.
Researchers from the ARC centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes came together in one place to celebrate their scientific advances and plan for the future together.
In September we went past 1.5 degrees. In November, we tipped over 2 degrees for the first time. What’s going on?November 22, 2023 11:37 am Comments Off on In September we went past 1.5 degrees. In November, we tipped over 2 degrees for the first time. What’s going on?
The climate is enormously complex. We should see the first day 2°C warmer than the same day in the pre-industrial period as a stark warning – but not as a sign to give up.