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Newsletter December 2018 | CLEX

RP4 Climate variability and teleconnections report: December 18

It has been a very active time for the Climate Variability and Teleconnections Research Program in terms of research and engagement activities right across the team, including two expeditions – one drilling coral cores in the tropics and another going south to the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

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RP3 Drought report: December 2018

The Drought program has been strongly focused on evaluating and improving climate models, and developing a drought database for documenting drought and for benchmarking model performance.

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A voyage on RV Investigator – Training observers of the deep ocean

The RV Investigator returned to Hobart after a 32-day voyage to map a meander of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) Polar Front. Onboard were 11 CLEX students and postdocs; three international students; a film maker and visual artist; and collaborators from CSIRO, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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Debugging made easier with Collateral package

James Goldie has created the Collateral package to ease the pain of debugging. You can repeat a potentially risky operation—building a statistical model, rendering a plot, computing a tricky index—on as many groups of data as you want, and collateral will quickly show you which groups ended with errors, which ones returned results, and which ones finished but printed warnings or other messages.

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Canberra 2032: a perfect storm

It is February of 2032, and Canberra is living and breathing a warmed climate. Temperatures have climbed above 40 °C. Drought across south-east Australia has drained Canberra’s water supply, while bushfires burn the neighbouring national parks. This was the hypothetical scenario given to 40 or so young professionals from a range of professional backgrounds (defence, engineering, finance, state/federal government, academia, medicine) who attended the Earth Systems and Climate Change (ESCC) Hub’s latest Young Professional event.

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Extreme Rainfall RP workshop, October 4, 2018

The Extreme Rainfall Research Program of the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) held a workshop on October 4 at the University of New South Wales (Sydney). There were 30 participants representing the CLEX nodes, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and National Centre for Atmospheric Research.

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