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Research brief: Understanding the origin of ENSO diversity for improved forecasts

July 25, 2018 3:00 am Published by Comments Off on Research brief: Understanding the origin of ENSO diversity for improved forecasts

It is hoped this proposed synthesis of two ENSO structures, their interaction with each other and how they respond to external forcing, will be the catalyst for future research and practical applications for forecasting and determining the impacts of present and future ENSO events.

Kelp’s record journey exposes Antarctic ecosystems to change

July 15, 2018 1:00 am Published by Comments Off on Kelp’s record journey exposes Antarctic ecosystems to change

When Chilean researcher Dr Erasmo Macaya from Universidad de Concepción and Centro IDEAL stumbled upon foreign kelp washed up on an Antarctic beach, he knew he had found something significant. Research by an international, multidisciplinary team of scientists reveals just how important that finding was.

Research brief: Paris target impacts compared using pattern scaling projections and climate model outputs

July 13, 2018 6:48 am Published by Comments Off on Research brief: Paris target impacts compared using pattern scaling projections and climate model outputs

In relation to the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5°C and 2°C, new research shows the differences in results between pattern-scaling and climate model output were primarily due to forcings other than changes to greenhouse gas emissions.

Research brief: Regional climate models capture changes to extreme storms

July 12, 2018 6:46 am Published by Comments Off on 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... View Article

Research brief: Some trees may survive future heat better than expected

July 11, 2018 11:53 pm Published by Comments Off on Research brief: 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.

Climate change to worsen Eastern Australia’s winter pollution

July 10, 2018 1:19 am Published by Comments Off on Climate change to worsen Eastern Australia’s winter pollution

Asthmatics and those affected by polluted environments living around major cities along Australia’s east coast could find life much harder over the next 50 years as stronger inversion layers caused by climate change trap more pollution.

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Global warming may be twice what climate models predict

July 9, 2018 10:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Global warming may be twice what climate models predict

Past observations suggest future global warming may eventually be twice as warm as projected by climate models under business-as-usual scenarios and sea levels may rise 6m at 2°C.