WMO: Australia’s hot year made worse by climate change

Click on the image to go to the WMO interactive map of extreme climate events.   The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has highlighted Australia’s hottest year on record in 2013 as a key event showing how climate change has impacted extreme events in its annual Status of the Climate Report. Research carried out …

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Biography of Christopher Bull

Christopher Bull Climate Change Research Centre University of New South Wales Phone: Email: Supervisors: Erik van Sebille, Matthew England, Helen Phillips     Thesis Title Inter-ocean exchange around Southern Australia and its relation to regional and global climate Biography Chris is interested in the ocean circulation around Australia. In particular, the Pacific to …

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No warming hiatus for extreme hot temperatures

Extremely hot temperatures over land have dramatically and unequivocally increased in number and area despite claims that the rise in global average temperatures has slowed over the past 10 to 20 years. Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and international colleagues made the finding when they focused …

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Pacific trade winds stall global surface warming – for now

Heat stored in the western Pacific Ocean caused by an unprecedented strengthening of the equatorial trade winds appears to be largely responsible for the hiatus in surface warming observed over the past 13 years. New research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change indicates that the dramatic acceleration in winds has …

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Summer Scholarship Projects- 2013

Climate-carbon cycle interactions on centennial to millennial time scales (based at UNSW) Student: Caio Fest (home institution- Sydney University (on exchange from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil) Supervised by Laurie Menviel Past changes in the oceanic circulation had a significant impact on the climate as well as on the carbon …

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Get used to heat waves: extreme El Nino events to double

Monday, January 20, 2014: Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Ninos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms. An international team of scientists from organisations including the ARC Centre of Excellence for …

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Winter School 2014- Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Winter School 2014- Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Winter school 2014 attendees- The program is available here. Python tutorial preparation instructions are available here. Fluid mechanics primer material are now available here. Lab groups can be found here, and GFD lab notes are now available here. Lecture slides are available here. Recordings of the lectures can be found here. …

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Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future

Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature that shows our climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. The research could solve one of the …

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