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Newsletter – April 2020 | CLEX

directors Report – April 2020

CLEX Director Andy Pitman acknowledges the “impossibly challenging” nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Centre’s response. He also reviews some of the successes of our researchers and highlights remarkable results published over the past few months.

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Chief Operating Officer’s Report – April 2020

It goes without saying that we find ourselves in challenging and uncertain times. One silver lining is that CLEX enters this period of change as a centre with considerable experience in remote communication and developing supportive networks. This is a time to use those networks to support each other.

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Graduate Director’s Report – April 2020

Graduate Director Melissa Hart outlines all the resources available for our students at this difficult time, welcomes new students and explains what will be happening with the winter school. New students can also join a Centre induction meeting on April 29.

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CMS report – April 2020

CMS with the Bureau of Meteorology has set up at atmospheric simulation down to 400m over Australia. Meanwhile porting to Gadi continues and training has changed to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Media & Communication Report – April 2020

Between bushfires, droughts and new research, CLEX had a strong few months before COVID-19 saw Australia’s coverage of climate issues drop by 61%. We have also found a great new video app perfect for workshops and added an outstanding blog pos to our website.

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RP1: Extreme Rainfall – April 2020

The Extreme Rainfall team took on some key observational challenges for precipitation research and then used some of this data to test our models. There was also a raft of individual achievements to add a little light in this difficult time.

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RP2: Heatwaves and Cold Air Outbreaks – April 2020

Research over the past few months has given the RP2 team significant insights into sudden stratospheric warming events, modelling of marine heatwaves, the impacts of transient warming, how drying tends influence heatwaves, and future energy use in cities as the globe warms.

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RP3: Drought Program Report – AprIl 2020

The drought may have finally eased over much of Australia, but it has resulted in a range of research that still continues. This research has opened new insights into how we understand the lifecycle of droughts in Australia. At the same time, continuing analyses of Australian models has produced improved configurations and even led to a new modelling framework for urban centres.

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