Winter School program 9-13 July 2012


8:30am: Registration

9am-10am: Welcome and introduction to the COE, its partners and the science it aims to do (Christian Jakob)

10am-10:30am: Tea Break

10:30am-11:30am: Drivers of Australian Climate Variability (Neville Nichols)

11:30am-12:30pm: Global climate change and implications for Australia (David Karoly)

12:30pm-2pm: Lunch break

2pm-3pm: Tropical convection and climate (Christian Jakob)

3pm-4pm: Representing convection in climate models - science or magic? (Christian Jakob)

4pm-4:30pm: Tea Break

4:30pm-5pm: The other side of convection - momentum transport in convective systems (Todd Lane)

5:30pm: Icebreaker at The University of Melbourne



9am-10am: Extremes: Definitions and drivers (David Karoly)

10am-10:30am: Tea Break

10:30am-11:30am: Extremes: Observations - has the climate become more extreme? (Lisa Alexander)

11:30am-12:30pm: Extremes: Models (David Karoly)

12:30pm-2pm: Lunch break


  • Modelling and data tools - Part 1. An introduction to the Climate and Weather Virtual Laboratory (Mike Rezny)
  • Modelling and data tools - Part 2. CMIP5 and other climate data survival guide (Paola Petrelli)
  • CABLE, WRF and ACCESS coupled models: Set-up and run (Kai Lu)

4pm-4:30pm: Super problems - Honours, Masters and PhD students only (Christian Jakob)



9am-10am: Land surface - why bother with the land? (Andy Pitman, Mike Roderick)

10am-10:30am: Tea Break

10:30am-11:30am: Land surface - what are the key processes to model? (Andy Pitman, Mike Roderick)

11:30am-12:30pm: Land surface - what are the main outstanding problems in land process science? (Andy Pitman, Mike Roderick)

12:30pm-2pm: Lunch break

2pm-5pm: Super problems discussion time. Honours, Masters and PhD students only

5:30pm: Dinner and trivia night at Queensberry Hotel



9am-10am: The ocean thermohaline circulation (Erik van Sebille)

10am-10:30am: Tea Break

10:30am-11:30am: The dynamics of the Southern Ocean (Andy Hogg)

11:30am-12:30pm: Current challenges in Southern Ocean biogeochemistry (Peter Strutton)

12:30pm-2pm: Lunch break


4pm-5pm: Panel discussion on study and career opportunities within and outside the COE (Melissa Hart and lecturers)



9am-10am: An introduction to the El Nino Southern Oscillation (Dietmar Dommenget)

10am-10:30am: Tea Break

10:30am-11:30am: Current research on the El Nino Southern Oscillation (Dietmar Dommenget)

11:30am-12:30pm: Decadal climate variability (Scott Power)

12:30pm-2pm: Lunch break

2pm-4pm: Super problem presentations (everyone encouraged to attend)

4pm-5pm: Wrap-up and feedback (Andy Pitman)



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