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.
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.
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.
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.
It has been raining awards since the new Extreme Rainfall research program began. Most recently, Jason Evans and Julie Arblaster were co-winners of the AMOS Priestley Medal and Christian Jakob was made an AMOS Fellow. Across in Europe, Partner Investigator Sandrine Bony at the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace was awarded the Gérard Mégie Prize by the French Academy of Sciences.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes was formally started on August 4, 2017. We have a Centre launch on April 10, which is something we all look forward to. A great deal of effort has gone into hiring some outstanding research fellows and multiple new CLEX students. The research leaders of the Centre's four programs have met to refine their research strategies and identify the main priorities.