Climate Variability and Extremes

Climate extremes now cost Australia up to $4 billion each year and are set to intensify over coming decades. Climate extremes include heat waves, drought and extreme rainfall; which occur against a backdrop of natural and human-influenced climate variability and change. Predicting future behaviour requires us to understand the processes that govern climate variability and extremes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Our blue-sky research focusses on discovery of processes that explain the behaviour of present and future climate variability and extremes, and developing the capacity to include these processes in climate modelling frameworks.. 

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

This research theme is focussed around research within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (2011-2017) and the new Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes that will commence in July 2017.

Theme facilitators

Highlights

Big data reveals glorious animation of Antarctic Bottom Water

A remarkably detailed animation of the movement of the densest and coldest water in the world around Antarctica has been produced using data...

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...

Humans have caused climate change for 180 years

An international research project has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate...

Jessica Hargreaves: 2017 Hales Scholarship recipient

Jessica Hargreaves, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) ‘17 I wanted to study at ANU because it’s a world class institution, and at RSES we have...

News

18
Jul
2017
New research published today in Nature Climate Change has revealed how strengthening winds on the opposite side of Antarctica, up to 6000kms away, drive the high rate of ice melt...
13
Jun
2017
Originally published in The Conversation, by Ben Henley, University of Melbourne and Nerilie Abram, Australian National University   There are those who say the climate has always...
08
Dec
2016
By Nerilie Abram, for The Conversation   There is no doubt that 2016 has been a record-breaking year for Earth’s climate. We will have to wait another couple of months for the...
28
Sep
2016
Human-caused climate change is robbing crucial rain from southern parts of Australia by shifting Southern Ocean westerly winds towards Antarctica, according to a new study...
13
Sep
2016
The Australian Research Council has funded a new Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. The new centre will transform the direction of Australian climate research and help us...
25
Aug
2016
An international research project has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate change is not just a 20th ...
25
Nov
2015
  Congratulations to Andy Hogg and Adele Morrison who have both been named as recipients of 2015 awards from the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS). Andy...
02
Oct
2015
By Michael Roderick, RSES, Australian National University With an El Niño looming large this summer, it is very likely we will start to hear quite a bit about drought over the...

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