Extraordinary animation reveals ocean’s role in El Niños

  Australian researchers from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have produced a remarkable high-resolution animation of the largest El Niño ever recorded. It is so detailed that it took 30,000 computer hours crunching ocean model data on Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, …

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Record hot year may be the new normal by 2025

The hottest year on record globally in 2015 could be just another average year by 2025 if carbon emissions continue to rise at their current rate, according to new research published in the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society. And no matter what action we take, human activities had already locked in …

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Six characteristics of scientific leaders

Earlier this week, the Academy of Science held a meeting with hundreds of scientists from around Australia and New Zealand. Their aim: to identify what makes a good leader in science. This meeting addressed the serious lack of leadership training across the research landscape. As scientists, we typically have no …

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ARC funds the extreme edge of climate research

The Australian Research Council has funded a new Centre of Excellence to transform the direction of Australian climate research and help us to understand and reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate extremes. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes led by Prof Andy Pitman will focus on quantifying and …

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Extreme coral bleaching may be new normal by 2034

Animation: Sea surface temperatures in March 2016 by Mitchell Black. Picture (left): CC BY 2.0)   Human caused climate change made the extreme ocean temperatures that led to the massive bleaching events along the Great Barrier Reef this year at least 175 times more likely. Climate change is very likely to make the …

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Barrier reef attribution study: Data and methodology

Picture: Great Barrier Reef by Eulinky (CC BY 2.0) The methodology described here closely follows that used in Lewis and Karoly (2013) and King et al. (2015). A full pdf of this Data and Methodology can be downloaded here as a pdf.   Data The Coral Sea region area-average monthly mean sea surface temperature (SST) …

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Do you speak STEM?

Picture: Neural Networks by Ana Campos (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Stephanie Downes Australia has seen a recent push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills in schools and the workforce in an attempt to grow and sustain our economical, business and research value. But why should you care about STEM skills …

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Plants boost extreme temperatures by 5°C

Heatwaves from Europe to China are likely to be more intense and result in maximum temperatures that are 3°C to 5°C warmer than previously estimated by the middle of the century – all because of the way plants on the ground respond to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This projected …

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