This PhD project will use climate model simulations to examine how sensitive attribution assessments of high-impact heatwaves to human emissions of carbon dioxide are to the representation of key physical processes.
With major developments in climate modelling we are significantly closing the gap that used to exist between what business needs to know and what climate science/engineering can provide. This project will merge climate science and engineering to address the key question industry asks – what is the future economic viability of renewable projects?
This PhD will use sophisticated alternatives for removing systematic biases in the lateral boundary conditions of such experiments, with the aim of assessing the extent of change that results in the resulting extreme storm. Outcomes here can help define how we design Civil Engineering infrastructure in warming climates.
Using novel techniques developed by the supervisory team, the PhD candidate will evaluate the role of diabatic processes in the ENSO cycle, and how they may change in the future, using new observations and state-of-the-art model simulations. This research is critical to improving our ability to project future climate change.
This project aims to build the simplest model of the terrestrial biosphere that the data can support. The project will combine a data-driven approach with the principles of optimality theory. By delivering a simpler, data- and theory-driven model we will unlock new understanding about climate model behaviour to improve predictions of climate extremes. The student will receive a stipend of 40K per year for four years, as well as up to $10k each year for career development.
This project will connect plant water use and stomatal conductance models differentiated by vegetation-soil systems with land surface models to provide new insight into the impacts of the built environment on moisture fluxes that influence heatwave intensity. Then it will investigate the climate impacts of the dynamic response of greenery in extreme heat conditions.
The successful applicant will conduct research focusing on the role of inter-basin interactions in determining the evolution of tropical Pacific decadal variability and how these interactions are mediated by the atmospheric circulation.
This research project will examine the influence of anthropogenic climate change on health impacts of Australians. It will involve defining and becoming familiar with several high-impact heatwaves in the observed climatological record, and determining who is most vulnerable and from which diseases.
An email from Director Andy Pitman highlights the importance of climate research and how it can link back to inform big business, here and overseas.