Claire Carouge and Aidan Heerdegen attended the Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science 2019 and explored a future where high-performance supercomputers were being replaced with analyses services to the cloud. It's a future that is very close and we can expect these changes to occur during the lifetime of the Centre.
The Climate Variability program has seen an extraordinary amount of activity over the past four months with new arrivals, a clutch of thesis submissions, awards, research voyages and a wealth of research.
As this newsletter goes to press, Bureau of Meteorology rainfall records show most of NSW and substantial parts of south-west Queensland remain in drought. Beyond the immediate agricultural, hydrologic and ecologic impacts, many small rural towns are starting to run out of water.
Extreme weather conditions and a changing climate are often recognised by their immediate effects. But as research coming out of the Heatwaves and Cold Air Outbreaks program has shown over the past four months, these events are often generated by distant influences and when they occur have further impact beyond their immediate vicinity.
The past four months have produced a sequence of impressive papers that should significantly improve the modelling of precipitation and our capacity to better understand how it may change in the future.
The past four months have seen a lot of activity around workshops, the continuing submission of research briefs (which allows us to post about the research on social media), plenty of classic traditional media activity and a new social media account.
The CLEX Knowledge Brokerage Team (KBT) is now well and truly bedded down after coming into existence in October 2018. Team leader Ian Macadam has visited each of the CLEX university nodes and has attempted to answer the question on everyone’s lips “So what is a knowledge broker anyway?”.
Melissa Hart recounts the recent winter school and introduces "the alumni sessions", where CLEX alumni from a broad range of industries and career paths share career advice and strategies.
In this report CMS describes the preparations that are underway for the new NCI supercomputer Gadi; the conversion of forcing data from the GMTB single column model to be readable by WRF; and the release of the ERA5-Land dataset.
Stephen Gray congratulates the organisers and admin staff for another excellence winter school; acknowledges the success of the hump day tips; and highlights some new features on our Clever database that include a suggestion box, a mailing list tab and a report to help anyone in the Centre review their previously entered data.