A list of useful resources/links

Please let Graduate Director- Melissa Hart know if there is anything you think should be added to this page.

Email lists in the climate sciences


Job ads in meteorology, oceanography and climatology, includes postgraduate/postdoc and summer/winter school opportunities.


Disseminates notices regarding conferences and workshops, data availability, calls for papers, positions available, as well as requests for information.


A list for paleoclimatic researchers and scientists to discuss paleoclimate-related research.

Australian Academy of Science Early Career Researcher List

Provides information on funding and training opportunites in the Australian Academy of Science.

Job sites

Earthworks jobs

Job adverts in climate science, and beyond.

Academic/Professional Societies you should consider joining

Most societies have discounted, or even free, memberships for students.

American Meteorological Society

Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

American Geophysical Union

European Geosciences Union

CLIVAR (Variability and predictability of the ocean-atmosphere system) Early Career Scientist Network


Events aimed at graduate students

Graduate Climate Conference (GCC)

A climate science research conference organized by graduate students for graduate students. An annual event that rotates between the University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Useful links

ARCCSS student wiki

A wiki space for CoE students to share information and resources. Access is restricted to current CoE students.

DISCCRS- DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch

Connects young researchers across multiple disciplines working in climate change.

Intro to UNIX

An intro to basic UNIX commands by CMS team member Scott Wales.

A hands-on introduction to using Python in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences

A free on-line book on Python for new users, tailored to the atmospheric and ocean sciences.


A blog and e-mail list  for users of Python in the atmospheric and ocean sciences.

The Python tutorial

An online Python tutorial.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python.

A guide to provide both novice and expert Python developers a best-practice handbook to the installation, configuration, and usage of Python on a daily basis.


An online Into to Python course from Codecademy.

A smooth working environment

Tips and tricks for setting up a smooth work working environment by ARCCSS PhD student Oliver Angelil

My software setup

My software setup by ARCCSS PhD student Mathew Lipson

Introduction to BASH

An introduction to BASH by ARCCSS PhD student James Goldie

A Python crash course for climate scientists

A crash course for climate scientists new to Python by ARCCSS PhD students Oliver Angelil and Nadja Herger

An Intro to git

An Intro to git (version control) by ARCCSS PhD student Ned Haughton

Fortran Introduction

An introduction to Fortran by ARCCSS CMS team member Holger Wolff

Advanced Fortran

An advanced Fortran tutorial by ARCCSS CMS team member Holger Wolff

Climate Variability Diagnostics Package (CVDP)

Developed by NCAR's Climate Analysis Section provides quick-look plots of the major modes of climate variability in models and observations.

NCAR UCAR Climate Data Guide

Information on different observational datasets for many variables to help to decide which dataset is most useful for your needs. It includes the strengths and weaknesses of each dataset.

The thesis whisperer

A  blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis, edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, director of research training at the Australian National University.

Eloquent Science

A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, & Atmospheric Scientist- book, website and blog.

Academic Phrasebank

Examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation.

Writing in the Sciences

Lectures from a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on becoming a better writer.

Poster Design

A practical guide for scientists and engineers

Tips for public speaking. Because "imagine everyone's naked" is terrible advice.

Guide to public speaking

Common dos and don'ts of public speaking

From Scholar to Dollar

Tips for taking control of your post degree destiny.

Useful papers/books

How to prepare a really lousy submission. Some tips for making journal submissions that will have a fast track to rejection from the Water Resources Research editorial team.

Berndtsson et al. 2007: Thesis Projects: A Guide for Students in Computer Science and Information Systems. Springer. 176 pp.

Biggam 2011: Succeeding With Your Master'S Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Handbook. McGraw-Hill International. 384 pp.

Carlis 2009: Design: The Key to Writing (and Advising) a One-Draft Ph.D Dissertation. Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. 33 pp.

Dunleavy 2003: Authoring a PhD. How to plan, draft, write and finisha doctoral thesis or dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan. 312 pp.

Finn 2005: Getting a PhD: An action plan to help manage your research, your supervisor and your project. Routledge Study Guides.

Gardiner and Kearns 2011: Turbocharge your writing today. Careers Column. Nature. Vol 475. 129-130.

Gewin 2011: Rookie review. What the novice peer reviewer needs to know before combing through a submission. Nature. Vol 478. 275-277.

Griffies et al 2013: “Elements of style for writing scientific journal articles.” Publishing connect. Elsevier.

Johnson and Mullen 2007: Write to the Top!: How to Become a Prolific Academic. Palgrave Macmillan. 217 pp.

Kearns and Gardiner 2011: Waiting for the motivation fairy. Careers Column. Nature. Vol 472. 127.

Kearns: The Imposter Syndrome. Why successful people often feel like frauds. Thinkwell.

Lipson 2005: How to write a BA thesis. University of Chicago Press. 409 pp.

Maier 2013: "What constitutes a good literature review and why does its quality matter?". Environmental Modelling and Software. In Press.

Mauch and Park 2003: Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook For Students And Faculty. Marcel Dekker. 355 pp.

Mullins and Kiley 2002: "It’s a PhD, not a Nobel Prize": how experienced examiners assess research theses. Studies in Higher Education Volume 27, No. 4.

Murray 2011: How to Write a Thesis. Open University Press. 320 pp.

Nicholas and Gordon 2011: “A Quick Guide to Writing a Solid Peer Review.” Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 92 (28): 233–34. doi:10.1029/2011EO280001.

Wilson et al. 2014: "Best practices for scientific computing" PLOS Biology Volume 12, No. 1.

Gettleman and Rood 2016: Demystifying Climate Models: A users guide to earth system models.

For fun

PhD comics

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