ARCCSS Newsletters

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2017

June Newsletter

  • Director's report: Andy Pitman moved to new Centre
  • Centre manager report: Winter school and annual workshop
  • Graduate director report: Winter school report and summer scholarships
  • Media manager report: Changes to the media landscape and Centre media stars
  • CMS report: NCI training website, new datasets and tools
  • Assoc Prof Graham Farquhar first Australian to win Kyoto Prize
  • Winter School 2017 report
  • Centre's role in 2018 International ozone assessment report
  • Coding advice with visualisations from Pearse, Ramkrushn and Sauranh
  • Sophie Lewis publishes new book, A changing climate for science
  • Mike Roderick attends CO2 workshop at WSU
  • Melissa Hart is Antarctic bound
  • New arrivals
  • Awards and prizes
  • Papers of interest

 

April newsletter

  • Director's report: Transition to the new Centre
  • Centre manager report: Looking back at Lorne
  • Graduate director report: Building our alumni network
  • Media manager report: Academic poster design
  • Research program reports
  • Nicholas Herold sails out to the 8th continent, Zealandia
  • Scott Wales explains profiling tools
  • Claire Vincent makes world first observations aboard the R V Investigator
  • Alice Barthel attends PODS and revelas the keys to a successful workshop
  • Jennifer Wurtzel spends two months traversing the Western Pacific Warm Pool
  • Ned Haughton has some neat tps for using Linter tools to clean up your code
  • Wilma Huneke chaired an IGS session and came back with some insights
  • Matin Jucker has been spotlighted by WCRP as a future science leader
  • Will Hobbs goes to Antarctica
  • Elizabeth Vogel and Chiara Holgate took part in a six-week OzEWEX boot camp
  • AMOS has a new look education and outreach page
  • New arrivals
  • Awards and prizes
  • Papers of interest

 

2016

Spring Newsletter

  • Director's report: New Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
  • Centre manager report: Challenges of a new centre, the Coral Triangle Initiative.
  • Graduate Director's report: Winter School.
  • Media Manager Report: Research briefs and ABC cuts.
  • How to make 3D visualisations
  • Mitch the multi-tasker.
  • Report from the SPARCS conference
  • The pathway from high school student to climate scientist.
  • Shakes in a plane - new book on aircraft turbulence.
  • 8th International Symposium of Stratified Flows.
  • How to be a science leader
  • New arrivals
  • Awards and prizes

 

Autumn Newsletter

  • Director's Report: Centre rebid, CSIRO job cuts and our research successes.
  • Centre Manager Report: Collaboration opportunities.
  • Graduate Director's report: We welcome 24 new students and a year of events.
  • Media Manager Report: A new collaboraiton with Fairfax, bloggers and research briefs.
  • Research Program Reports
  • David Webb's report from the GO-SHIP program.
  • Back to school with Laura and Hamish.
  • Peter Strutton reports from the RV Investigator.
  • Mat Lipson's European climate tour.
  • ARCCSS prizes.
  • Stephanie Jacobs wins conference presentation prize.
  • Annual ECR day report.
  • Guy Williams visits Stockholm.
  • Awards
  • New Arrivals
  • Papers of Interest

 

2015

Winter Newsletter

  • Directors Report: ARCCSS research effort intensifies.
  • Centre Manager Report: Farewell Anna.
  • Graduate Director Report: Winter school, summer scholarships and writing workshops for all seasons.
  • Extremes RP report: Extremes group takes on major projects.
  • Oceans RP report: New high-res models and visualisations.
  • Tropical convection RP report: New staff and increased focus on Maritime Continent.
  • CMS report: Data management plans, UM workshop and new datasets.
  • ECR Committee report: What the ECR committee can do for you.
  • New NCI/Bureau/CSIRO virtual lab soon to be tested.
  • Jackson's PhD thesis published in Nature.
  • Report: EGU 2015.
  • How's the weather up there?
  • Duncan Ackerley's Met Office Collaboration.
  • Clouds in her head.
  • The heat is still on.
  • Award winners lecture at Shine Dome.
  • David Hutchinson awarded PhD.
  • Get the perspective: Andrew King's Central England Research.
  • Climate+Art=Change.
  • Remember when? A younger Christian Jakob.
  • Awards - Laureate Fellowships, ARC Linkage Grants, Fellow of AGU, Best MSc thesis, Monash Commendation for Excellence in Research, Best paper for 2014 in Chaos journal.
  • New Arrivals.
  • Papers of interest.
    • Atmospheric changes through 2012 as shown by iteratively homogenised radiosonde temperature and wind data (IUK v2).
    • Sudden spreading of corrosive bottom water during the PETM.
    • Attribution of the record high Cental England Temperature of 2014 to anthropogenic influences.
    • Extraordinary heat during the 1930s US Dust Bowl and associated large-scale conditions.

 

Autumn Newsletter

  • Directors Report: Half term review has us looking ahead.
  • Centre Manager Report: How CLEVER are you?
  • Graduate Director: Summer student program.
  • Communication Manager Report: Let's get visual.
  • CMS Report: New datasets and move to Accessdev system.
  • Prof Sir Brian Hoskins visits ARCCSS.
  • ARCCSS Detection and Attribution Workshop.
  • The role of climate change in Europe's hot year.
  • To the ice and back.
  • ENSO workshop.
  • New Met Office science repository service.
  • AMOS Award nominations.
  • AAS: The Science of Climate Change Q&A.
  • Useful Links
  • Dr Nerilie Abram receives 2015 Dorothy Hill award.
  • AMOS awards.
  • Centre DECRA winners.
  • New Arrivals.
  • Papers of Interest
    • Clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity.
    • Increases in tropical rainfall driven by changes in in frequency of organized deep convection.
    • Recent reversal in loss of global terrestrial biomass.
    • Recent trends in Southern Ocean eddy field.
    • Antarctic contribution to Meltwater Pulse 1A from reduced Southern Ocean overturning.

 

2014

Spring Newsletter

  • Directors report: Mid-term review.
  • Centre Manager report: Looking back at our whirlwind year.
  • Graduate Director report: Student/ECR committees power up.
  • Media Manager report: Call out for social media enthusiasts.
  • CMS report: Super models and their figures.
  • Research program reports:
    • Convection
    • Extremes
    • Land
    • Variability
    • Oceans
  • Maritime Continent Initiative: Matt Wheeler.
  • What the RV Investigator means for climate research: Alain Protat.
  • DPG Physics of the Ocean Summer School: Xuerong Quin, Chris Bull.
  • Extreme Events Summer School: Andrea Dittus, Mitchell Black, Acacia Pepler
  • Andy hogg wins award.
  • AAS Spotlights Matt England.
  • Movement in the Varaibility group.
  • CSIRO PhD position.
  • January media stories.
  • Social media at ARCCSS workshop.
  • Awards.
  • New arrivals
  • Papers of interest: BAMS - Explaining extreme events, Current Antarctic Ocean stratification could trigger sea level rise, Clmate change may end future hiatus periods, Microbe evolution outstrips ocean currents.

 

Winter Newsletter

  • Directors report: Planning for our future
  • Centre Manager report: ARC Admin day
  • Graduate Director report: Undergrad vacation scholarships, Winter School 2014
  • CMS report: Changes to the CMS team, courses and support materials, model and data developments.
  • Publication of ACCESS hierarchy: A major step forward has been achieved with the publication of the currently available list of model hierarchies, existing tools, and existing experiments.
  • ARCCSS triumph at GEWEX: Not only did our researchers feature prominently at the conference but our students and ECRs came away with four prizes in the poster sessions.
  • Glaciers off Sydney's coastline: The coupling of WRF to CABLE was a real challenge with an early version producing icebergs around Sydney but the CMS brains trust has successfully overcome every challenge.
  • Italian summer school: David Hutchinson and Nicola Maher were selected to attend the Alpine Summer School in Valle d'Aosta, Italy.
  • Marissa's postgraduate training in Sweden: Marissa Parry recently went to a 10-day postgraduate training workshop at the Centre for Global Health Research at Umea University, Sweden.
  • Gung Ho update: Scott Wales travelled to the Met Office in Exeter in early June, where he caught up with Mike Rezny and the latest work on the Gung Ho project.
  • Who is using ACCESS: Scott Wales has developed a way of monitoring what researchers are actually using on the ACCESS system to maintain a high level of support for as many researchers as possible.
  • Karsten Peters off to MPI: Karsten Peters recently moved to Hamburg to complete the last six months of his ARCCSS research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and to work more closely with the UK Met Office.
  • MOU signed with Oxford University
  • Sea-based research opportunities
  • Adding citation information for CMIP5
  • Awards
  • New arrivals
  • Recent papers of interest: Wind changes accelerate Antarctic ice melt, Increase in positive IOD events, Nutrient transport through Indonesian flowthrough, How El Nino events differ.

 

 

Autumn Newsletter

  • Directors report: Preparing for our half term review.
  • Centre Manager report: Insights gained from visiting ARCCSS hubs
  • Graduate Directors report: The grand tour and a student committee
  • Media Communications report: A strong start to the new year.
  • Interview with new AMOS President: Todd Lane.
  • CMS report: The latest on ARCCS data sets and models.
  • AMS 31st conference: Lots of passion and some fiery discussion about Typhoon Haiyan made the most recent AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology a spirited affair.
  • Farewell Muhammad Hassim: Muhammad has been tapped for a position at the Centre for Climate Change Singapore
  • Scorcher website: Sarah Perkins new heatwave website is up and running.
  • Weather@Home: The Extremes node recently helped launch the weather@home project.
  • Land research program: The Lands group picked up some awards at the EGU and have had some advances with WRF.
  • Variability program: The succeeded in adding a simple, one-layer ocean model to the centre’s low-resolution atmosphere model (ACESS-N48)
  • CLIVAR conference report: CLIVAR showed ocean modelling has advanced rapidly with horizontal resolution down to 1/48°.
  • Climate Adaption 2014: NCCARF and CSIRO are teaming up to hold the annual national Climate Adaptation 2014 conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 30 - October 2.
  • BAMS Attribution issue: he Extremes program contributed several collaboratively written publications to the annual BAMS “attribution of climate events” issue including submissions led by Sarah Perkins and Andrew King.
  • Hiatus collaboration: Markus Donat and Lisa Alexander contributed to the "hiatus" discussion in collaboration with Sonia Seneviratne of ETH.
  • Recent Papers of Interest: Where the heat in global average temperatures has gone. No pause in the increase of hot extremes. Understanding climate's sensitivity to carbon dioxide. The impact of extreme El Nino events.

 

Summer Newsletter

  • Director's report: How the Centre is travelling as it nears the half-term review
  • Graduate Director's report: Winter school report, summer school update and a review of the extraordinary research record of our students
  • Centre Manager report: 2013 wrap up, welcome back Simone Purdon.
  • CMS Report: ACCESS simulation data available, increase of data provided to RDA, Change to ARC funding rules
  • Media Manager report: Increased media coverage, social media admins required
  • IPCC media coverage: ARCCSS played a major role in the media around the release of the Working Group 1 report.
  • Annual ARCCSS Workshop: Our annual workshop, this year held in Lorne, was a success.
  • Tall Poppy: Sarah Perkns wins a Tall Poppy award
  • NCI increases support for climate research: Prof Lindsay Botten reports on a a formal collaboration between NCI and its peak system vendor, Fujitsu.
  • Progress on coupling CABLE via JULES: JULES can now be run with either prescribed (offline) meteorological forcing or with UM meteorology.
  • Research plans: Find out what Harry Hendon, Peter Strutton, Jennifer Cato and Robert Johnson have planned in the year ahead.
  • Kevin Walsh named co-chair of CLIVAR working group
  • Dr Helen Phillips appointed as the Australian representative on the International CLIVAR/GOOS Indian Ocean Panel.
  • Erik van Sebille's ghost nets video
  • Add a research brief to our website
  • Recent papers of interest: Spread in climate model sensitivity traced to atmospheric convective mixing. Global warmi doubles odds of abnormal El Nino. WA cyclones magnify Victorian heatwaves.

 

2013

June/July/August Newsletter

  • Directors report: New partnership with Breakaway Labs, moving across to Raijin, significant RP progress, science workshop and IPCC report.
  • Graduate directors report: 2013 Winter School, scientific paper writing workshop, Matthew Lipson visits Universitas 21.
  • Centre manager report: Yes, it's report season again. Some impressive statistics for the year so far
  • CMS report: Find out more about the new structure of CMS
  • Research programs update: It has been a busy year so far for our research programs filled with achievements
  • ARCCSS Annual workshop: The latest news on our annual workshop, this year in Victoria.
  • Winter school welcomed 14 students from China
  • Writing workshop a big success.
  • Matt Lipson takes on an urban challenge
  • Steve Sherwood presents at the new Navarino Environmental Observatory
  • Special workshop on the interface between weather and climate
  • Shayne McGregor makes Fresh Science finals
  • Four ARCCSS researchers are selected for the Climate Communications Fellows Program
  • Andrew King and Markus Donat recently attended the 12th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology in Korea.
  • The Centre of Excellence played a key role at MPE 2013. A powerful speech by Chief Scientists Ian Chubb is a must read.
  • Recent papers of interest:  Nutrient variability in Subantarctic Mode Waters forced by the Southern Annualr Mode and ENSO; Anthropogenic contributions to Australia's record summer temperatures of 2013; Temperature response to future urbanisation and climate change in Sydney.

 

March/April/May Newsletter

  • Directors report: UK Met Office visit, farewell Mike Rezny, future investment.
  • Graduate directors report: Scientific paper writing workshop, additional funding for international graduate students, Winter School 2013, student wiki
  • Centre manager report: ARC Centres of Excellence administration workshop
  • Mike Rezny leaves for the UK Met Office
  • A meteorological tour of the UK Science Museum archive
  • Staff achievements
  • New climate science laboratory
  • Two Chrises go to Antarctica, again
  • Climate science survey
  • What Sophie did next - climate science blogs
  • Adrift website goes live
  • Videoconference collaborations
  • Recent papers of interest: Continental-scale temperature variability during the last two millennia; Robust direct effect of carbon dioxide on tropical circulation and regional precipitation.

 

January/February Newsletter

  • Director's report: AMOS sponsorship, CoECSS priorities in 2013.
  • Graduate Director's report: Student welcome, AMSI careers session, Winter School 2013, nternational connections.
  • AMOS conference 2013
  • Summer scholarships
  • Understanding technical environments
  • CABLE news
  • CLIVAR workshop
  • PAGES conference
  • CMIP-5 data
  • Seeking student suggestions
  • Instructions for video-conferencing
  • New Facebook page
  • Engaging China in climate science
  • Nine PhD scholarships available
  • Lisa Alexander wins another award
  • New arrivals: Stephanie Waterman, Ruth Lorenz, Mitchell Black
  • Papers of interest: On the measurement of heatwaves

 

2012

 

December Newsletter

  • Graduate Directors report
  • Robert Johnson's expedition to Antarctica
  • If Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2050
  • International Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth
  • Test version of simple climate model available online
  • Call for abstracts at Asia Oceania Geosciences Society
  • Best practices for scientific computing
  • Choosing the right colours for scientific graphics
  • The future of abstract submissions
  • Matt England wins NSW Scientist of the Year Award in Maths, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics
  • Nathan Bindoff receives National Award for Climate Futures for Tasmania project
  • New arrivals: Agus Santoso
  • Visitors: Dr Rachel Stratton
  • Recent papers of interest: Slowdown of the Walker Circulation driven by tropical Indo-Pacific warming

 

October/November Newsletter

  • Letter from the director: Winter workshop, our award winning researchers, video conferencing
  • Centre manager report: Farewell to Simone, Tertiary Education Management Conference
  • Graduate director report: The Centre's graduate program, student wikis, student recruitment
  • CMS report: The importance of back-ups.
  • Program reports from Convection, Extremes, Variability, Lands and Ocean groups
  • CLiMDDIR Portal moved into beta version
  • Chapman Conference report - format leads to collaborations
  • Young researchers take on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania
  • New introduction to Python book
  • Ozone and climate change article
  • Attribution of climate related extremes meeting
  • Michael Roderick wins Dalton award
  • Todd Lane wins Editor's Award from Monthly Weather Review
  • Muhammad Hassim awarded PhD
  • Katrin Meissner wins UNSW Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award
  • New arrivals: Juan Saenz, Will Hobbs
  • Recent papers of interest: Global rainfall variability decreased over past 50 years.
  • Recent papers of interest: Increased frequency of global heatwaves

 

August/September Newsletter

  • Letter from the director: Hobart workshop, building communities and welcome to new staff
  • Centre manager report: A review of our first year
  • Graduate director report: Some super problems at our Winter Workshop
  • CMS special feature: The development of the new Gung-Ho climate model
  • ERA-Interim datasets available from ECMWF
  • ClimDDIR project website portal connected to software
  • Using the services of the CMS team
  • Centre of Excellence PhD scholarships
  • David Karoly appointed to Climate Change Authority
  • Andy Hogg awarded future fellowship
  • Acknowledging NCI and our own CMS team
  • AMOS conference call for abstracts
  • Storm chasing at tornado alley (great pictures)
  • Annual reporting season
  • How to spot dodgy arguments
  • Finding royalty free photos online
  • Recent papers of interest:  Extreme high temperatures increase by 40%
  • Recent papers of interest: Unusual weather conditions contribute to Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires.
  • Welcome to new staff

 

June/July Newsletter

  • Letter from the director: Building collaborations with CAWCR and other partners
  • From the desk of Mike Rezny (CMS): Mode development in a community supported model
  • ARCCSS completes its first CMip5 historical run on ACCESS  1.0
  • WCRP names Prof Christian Jakob Co-chair of Modelling Advisory Council
  • High resolution data for NSW climate impact researchers
  • ARCCSS website conversion
  • ERA-Interim data now available
  • Online workshop for Giovanni data and analysis tool
  • Adding a QR code to a poster
  • Understanding CMIP5
  • Centre scientists receive awards from Australian Academy of Science
  • 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteology
  • PhD awarded to Muhammad Hassim
  • Recent papers of interest: Thunderstorms could cause clear-air turbulence
  • Recent papers of interest: Ocean circulation measured by temperature salinity co-ordinates
  • Recent papers of interest: World first measurement of global fronts

 

April/May Newsletter

  • CMS updates
  • COMA workshop
  • AMOS conference
  • Adele Morrison invited to Nobel Laureae meeting
  • Andrew King off to NCCR Climate Summer School
  • Prof Nathan Bindoff's sabatical
  • Administrative staff symposium
  • Conference report: WCRP CMIP5 Workshop
  • Conference report: 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting
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