National partners

Bureau of Meteorology: The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice and envious trailing region and Antarctic Territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government. Four senior researchers from the Bureau will act as points-of-contact with with the Centre of Excellence and Ph.D. students will be working with them and University supervisors on common problems.

CSIRO: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is an independent agency of the Australian Federal Government responsible for scientific research in Australia. Its chief role is to improve the economic and social performance of industry, for the benefit of the community. CSIRO works with leading organisations around the world. It has more than 5,000 experts based in 55 centres, with extensive local and international networks.

NCI: The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) provides world-class, high-end computational, data intensive services to Australian researchers. Since its inception, NCI has been closely linked with the climate science community. It offers peak supercomputing, data intensive and cloud environments along with expert support for the modelling of climate change, earth systems science and national water management. NCI also manage a number of major national and international datasets; such as the Australian model contributions to CMIP5 and IPCC from ACCESS through the Australian node of the Earth Systems Grid Federation (ESGF); satellite and remote sensing data; and Australian Digital Elevation Model (DEM) are available to researchers at NCI.

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment:  The Environment, Energy and Science branch works with community, business and government to protect and strengthen New South Wale’s natural environment. The group has the best available scientific evidence and tools to help make decisions affecting the health of the NSW environment. They build on our knowledge and our research through partnerships with government colleagues, universities and the broader science research community.

Researchers from DPIE will be contributing to various programs within the Centre of Excellence.

Risk Frontiers: Established in 1994 in the early days of catastrophic loss modelling, Risk Frontiers is now the longest running natural hazards research centre in the country. It was formed after the insurance sector in Australia reached out to gauge interest in creating an independent research centre in natural hazards. Risk Frontiers is regarded as one of the most credible independent sources of risk knowledge, products and services in the natural disaster space across Asia Pacific, working with government and emergency management agencies, as well as supporting international efforts to help manage disaster risks and improve the safety of communities.

Sydney Water: Sydney Water provides sustainable water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to over four million people in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. Climate change poses potential risks to, and opportunities for, Sydney Water. This is due to changes in the frequency, distribution, intensity and duration of climate related events. Potential risks for Sydney Water where CLEX climate modelling expertise is valuable include: reduced fresh water supplies; increased customer demand for water; increased risk of severe bushfires in water catchments; more extreme storms that push our treatment plants over capacity; higher sea levels and more storms that threaten our low-lying coastal assets.

International partners

CNRS-IPSL: The Institut of Pierre Simon Laplace is an arm of CNRS and comprises nine laboratories with a research focus on the global environment. It includes a unit dedicated to climate modelling studies; a data centre that collects information on atmospheric chemistry, aerosols and clouds; atmospheric and ocean observation services; a group focused on regional and climate studies; and a space instrumentation unit.

ETH Zurich: ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities and research institutions. It was founded by the Swiss Government as a national centre of excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Much of the Centre of Excellence’s collaboration activities are with the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science and the Land-Climate Dynamics Group in particular.

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology: The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology was established in 1975. Scientists at the Institute have a strong focus on climate modelling and measurement methods to explain the natural variability of the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere, and to assess the influence of land use changes, industrial development, urbanisation and other human influences.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA GSFC): The Hydrological Sciences branch of NASA will be working with the Centre of Excellence. This branch is a world-leading group in the area of terrestrial modelling, particularly in semi arid regions. NASA will be providing a collaborative researcher and access to some of the key tools used by the hydrological branch.

National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR): NCAR is a US government funded development centre devoted to research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. It will contribute a researcher who is an international leader in cloud modelling, cloud processes and cloud microphysics. NCAR will postgraduate students and postdoctoral research Fellows as well as collaborate with the Centre of Excellence in research.

NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL): The GFDL is a world leading research laboratory with more than 50 years of experience in climate science, including Ocean modelling. It provides the highest level of intellectual and technical support the use of the GFDL ocean model used as part of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACESS). Key researchers from the laboratory will be collaborating with the Centre of Excellence with its world leading ocean model.

UK Met Office Hadley Centre: The Met Office is a world leader in climate prediction. The Office can provide access to the latest observational data on changing climate extremes. In addition, the Hadley Centre will collaborate with the Centre of Excellence across all four research programs.

University of Arizona: The University of Arizona is regarded as an international leader in terrestrial modelling particularly in semi arid regions. The University has opened its doors to collaboration with researchers with a particular expertise in the diagnostic evaluation of hydrological models.