Tag Archive: climate variability

Multiple PhD opportunities – CLEX Monash

July 12, 2018 4:11 am Published by Comments Off on Multiple PhD opportunities – CLEX Monash

The CLEX node at Monash is offering several PhD scholarships on a competitive basis. The scholarships may cover fees and living expenses for 3 years. Generous travel support for PhD students to visit our international partners exists. Some projects may involve other universities, the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, or one of our international partners.

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Research brief: Here’s what happens when you turn off convective parameterisations

July 6, 2018 2:42 am Published by Comments Off on Research brief: Here’s what happens when you turn off convective parameterisations

Convective parameterizations are widely believed to be essential for realistic simulations of the atmosphere, but are crude in today's weather and climate models. CLEX researchers, report on what happens when a number of these models are run with these schemes simply turned off.

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Research brief: Droughts inconsistently represented across climate models

July 6, 2018 2:18 am Published by Comments Off on Research brief: Droughts inconsistently represented across climate models

This study evaluated GCMs for common drought metrics during the past 55 years. It found different models can produce very different simulations of drought, depending on the type of drought and metric analysed. The study points to a need to improve GCMs for droughts to reduce uncertainties in future projections.

Research brief: Future climate risk from compound events

May 18, 2018 3:38 am Published by Comments Off on Research brief: Future climate risk from compound events

CLEX researchers writing in Nature Climate Change suggest a paradigm shift in how climate scientists approach climate change impact assessments. They suggest examining the system or potential catastrophe first instead of making the starting point a climate scenario.

Regional adaptions can cool heat extremes by up to 2-3°C

April 1, 2018 12:07 am Published by Comments Off on Regional adaptions can cool heat extremes by up to 2-3°C

New research published in Nature Geoscience has found that climate engineering that modifies the properties of the land surface in highly populated areas and agricultural areas over North America, Europe and Asia could reduce extreme temperatures there by up to 2-3°C.

Research brief: How plants survive droughts

March 13, 2018 11:48 pm Published by Comments Off on Research brief: How plants survive droughts

Understanding which plant species can recover from drought, under what conditions and the processes involved, will help researchers predict plant mortality in response to global climate change. In response to drought, some species die because of embolism-induced hydraulic failure, while others recover, following rehydration. This research focuses on structures and processes that might allow some plants to recover from drought stress via embolism reversal.

Research brief: Understanding water-use efficiency in plants

February 23, 2018 4:21 am Published by Comments Off on Research brief: Understanding water-use efficiency in plants

This study explored the key sources of uncertainty when scaling leaf-level understanding of water-use efficiency to ecosystem scales. The results provide key insights into interpreting (ecosystem-scale) eddy-covariance derived water-use efficiency in an ecophysiological context.