“Climate models are how we predict the future of our climate – a crucial need as our planet warms.”

Professor Andrew Pitman, AO, FAA. Centre Director. ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Climate models help us to:

Understand the past

Scientists look back over years, decades, centuries and even millennia to help us understand what the future might hold for our planet.

Climate models help us to understand the Earth’s past.

Explain the present

Extreme weather and climate events are part of our lives all across the world.

We constantly innovate and improve climate models to help communities avoid the worst outcomes of those extremes.

Plan for the future

Climate change is happening.

Climate models empower us to make smart decisions for our future.

How can I learn more about climate modelling?

Experts at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes have put together information to help you understand climate models and why they’re important. We’ve tailored information for 3 different kinds of people:

Climate model beginner

If you’ve never heard of climate models before – this section is for you.

Good for: Students (non-science backgrounds), interested community members – anyone who is interested and wants to learn more.

Climate model stakeholder

If you know some of the science behind climate models, but want to learn more – this section is for you.

Good for: Students with a background in science, industry, public servants – anyone who might be able to use or learn from climate models.

Climate model expert

If you’re a scientist, coder or engineer with an active knowledge of climate models – this is the section for you.

Good for: Scientists, coders, modellers, high level stakeholders and decision makers. Anyone who wants high level information on developments in climate modelling science.