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Circulation of the Southern Ocean
This  impressive animation was developed by Chief Investigator, Dr Andy Hogg, from the ANU hub of ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science working with the National Computational Infrastructure’s VizLab team, using a high-resolution ocean model, to produce the animation.

What a year.

It has been a while between newsletters with a focus on our rebid, the annual report and an incredibly hectic time across the Centre as we continue to extend our research and tackle some of the big climate science challenges.

Recent funding changes to Australia's climate community means that our role in climate science in the Southern Hemisphere is more important than ever.

So, take some time to look through our newsletter to find out what we have been up to and our plans for the future.

Centre Director Report
It has been a big year for the Centre with the ARC rebid and job cuts at CSIRO but still our successes and impressive research results keep on coming. Read more.
Centre Manager Report
Stephen Gray welcomes our new students and highlights the collaboration opportunities to extend the impact of your science. Read more
Graduate Director Report
We have 24 new students and a packed year ahead of workshops, virtual seminars, technical training for our students and ECRs. Read more.
Media Manager Report
Find out about our new partnership with Fairfax, an ARCCSS prize for visualisations, our new bloggers, a visit to Melbourne and who is reading research briefs on our website. Read more
Convection RP Report
Our work on the Maritime Continent continues apace with some key papers and the current development of a nice animation. Read more.
Extremes RP Report
The Extremes team has been busy. Key papers paving the way for future research into maritime heatwaves have now been released. Read more.
Land RP Report
The Lands team has made some important advances in the representation of vegetation in models this year leading to important papers and plenty of media interest. Read more.
Variability RP report
Clouds may play an important role in amplifying El Nîno events according to new research by the Variability team. They have also been involved in some great outreach. Read more.
Oceans RP Report
The Oceans team produced a global ¼ degree ocean with biogeochemistry, made some unexpected findings around the ocean's influence on Australia's climate and have engaged in the maritime heatwave work with the Extremes team. Read more.
David Webb was part of the 2016 IO8S expedition on the R/V Revelle as part of the US GO-SHIP program doing a 10-year repeat transect of the Southern and Indian Ocean. Read more.
Back to school
Laura and Hamish wowed the pupils of Canterbury Primary School with tales of weather, bush fires and videos of tornadoes. Read more
RV Investigator expedition
Our own Peter Strutton climbed aboard Australia's RV Investigator as part of a collaborative expedition. It all started quite well before engine trouble took the ship back to port and then they put out again in less than favourable weather. Read more.
Matt's climate tour
As Matt Lipson explains, being part of ARCCSS creates opportunities for collaborations and he definitely made the most of them in his recent trip to Europe. Read more.
ARCCSS 2015 prizes
The Centre is filled with high achievers so it was particularly difficult to select our 2015 prize winners.
Read more.
Stephanie Jacobs wins presentation award
At the recent International Conference on Urban Climate Stephanie Jacobs won the William P Lowry Graduate Student Award. She describes the experience and offers some tips. Read more.
Annual ECR Day
Following the AMOS/ARCCSS conference, our early career researchers presented their annual day with a focus on career planning. As well as a list of invited speakers, they were also visited by Adam Bandt. Read more.
Visiting Stockholm
Our newest Associate Investigator, Guy Williams, recently travelled to the Meteorology Institute at Stockholm University and caught up with some old ARCCSS colleagues. Read more.
New Arrivals

Once again we welcome a host of new students and researchers to ARCCSS.


Nicholas Pittman (University of Tasmania)
Andrew Brown (University of Melbourne)
Joss Kirk (ANU)
Max Rintoul (ANU)
Rohan Smyth (Monash University)
Ewan Short (University of Melbourne)
Adrian D’Alessansdro (University of Melbourne)
Sanaa Hobeichi (University of NSW)
Jiawei Bao (University of NSW)
Luwei Yang (University of Tasmania)
Wilma Huneke (University of Tasmania)
Ajitha Cyriac (University of Tasmania)
Chiara Holgate (ANU)
Bella Blanche (University of Tasmania)
Yiling Liu (University of Tasmania)
Ramkrushnabhia Patel (University of Tasmania)
Sonja Neske (Monash University)
David Webb (University of NSW)
Nathan Cooper (University of NSW)
Andrew Craneburgh (University of Tasmania)
Associate Investigators
Ghyslaine Boschat (University of Melbourne)
Benjamin Henley (University of Melbourne)
Guy Williams (University of Tasmania)
Research Associate
Joan Llort (University of Tasmania)
Yue Zheng (University of NSW)
Ryan Holmes (University of NSW)
Damianos Mantsis (University of NSW)
Vishil Dixit (University of NSW)

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Awards & Prizes

Yet again ARCCSS personnel have shone brightly, picking up a swag of awards and prizes since our last newsletter.

Associate Investigator Graham Farquhar won the Prime Minister’s award for Science.

Chief Investigator, David Karoly won the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Earth Sciences.

Andrea Taschetto picked up the Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill Award for Earth Sciences. Neville Nichols was also elected to the Academy and Hamish Clarke was named as part of the Academy's New, Early and Mid Career Forum Executive Committee.

Congratulations to Andrew Hogg; Matthew England; Gary Brassington; Petra Heil; Peter Oke; Paul Spence; and Max Nikurashin who won a ARC Linkage Grant in ocean modelling and sea ice modeling.

The Centre’s researchers also starred at the recent 2015 AMOS conference. Andy Hogg won the 2015 Priestly Medal, Adele Morrison won the Uwe Radok award for Best PhD Thesis and Michael Reeder was the first ever winner of the Inaugural Distinguished Research Award. Andrew King also won the best presentation by a student.

Andrew King’s article Attribution of the record high Central England temperature of 2014 to anthropogenic influences was selected by Environmental Research Letters (ERL) editors to be part of the journal’s Highlights of 2015 collection.

Sophie Lewis won the ACT Tall Poppy of the Year Award while Ailie Gallant picked up the Victorian Young Tall Poppy award. Sophie was also highly commended by ANU as part of its Media and Outreach Award for Most Impressive Media Performance.

Stephanie Jacobs won the William P Lowrey Award for best student presentation at the International Conference on Urban Climate.

Mathew Lipson won the University of NSW Research Excellence Award

ARCCSS 2015 prizes: Director’s Prize, Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick. Best Paper by a Student, Jackson Tan. Best Paper by an ECR, Shayne Macgregor.

Kaitlin Alexander picked up the CCRC’s Best Student Paper Award, while Alice Barthel won the CCRC prize for Communication and Outreach.

Papers of Interest
This quite controversial paper published in Nature Climate Change aimed to refute the recent proposition put by a number of other papers that the hiatus in the rise of global average temperatures during the early 2000s was overstated. Making sense of the early-2000s warming slowdown.
When the authors of this intriguing paper looked at the representation of precipitation in climate models and observations they found that the margin of error for observations was no better than that found in climate models. How much does it rain over land? 
This paper will be fundamental to marine heatwave research, setting the metrics that will be used to define marine heatwaves into the future.
A hierarchical approach to defining marine heatwaves.       
This is the first projection of the future activities of east coast lows in Australia. Projected changes in east Australian midlatitude cyclones during the 21st century.
Global warming will be felt differently at regional levels. This is the first paper to equate "regional" changes with CO2 emissions. It shows that what may be acceptable emissions with minimal impact in one region could have profound impacts in another. By doing this it shows the national and regional impacts of emissions must be taken into account when considering allowable carbon emissions worldwide.  Allowable CO2 emissions based on regional and impact-related climate targets
The authors have identified a wind shift that precedes the collapse of an El Nïno event. This will help improve our ability to forecast the end of El Nïnos. The role of the southward wind shift in both, the seasonal synchronization and duration of ENSO events
It has often been said that with climate change the wet get wetter and the dry get drier. This paper shows that this only holds true over the ocean and that over land the dry get wetter as well. More extreme precipitation in the world's dry and wet regions.
Climate change first appeared in the temperature record as far back as the 1930s according to this paper. It also identifies regionally where human caused global warming became distinguishable in the temperature record, with Australia showing the first indications of anthropogenic warming. Emergence of heat extremes attributable to anthropogenic influences
13th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology
June 6-10

These meetings have been held roughly every three years since 1979 and are organized by independent statisticians, climatologists and atmospheric scientists. The meetings facilitate communication between the science and statistics communities.
Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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SPARC DynVar Workshop & S-RIP Meeting
June 6-10
This workshop is an action to launch this effort and reinforce connections between the modeling centers involved in DynVarMIP and the wider research community. 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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DCMIP 2016 - Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project 2016
June 6-17
The Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project aims to intercompare cutting-edge dynamical cores and provide a forum to exchange ideas and advance education on dynamical core development.
Location: Boulder, Colorado.
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International symposium on forecasting
June 19-22
As the premier, international forecasting conference, the ISF provides the opportunity to interact with the world’s leading forecasting researchers and practitioners. 
Location: Santander, Spain.
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13th meeting of the Asian Oceania Geosciences Society 
July 31- August 5
AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches.
AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public.
Location: Beijing, China.
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International workshop on the Madden-Julien Oscillation
August 6-9.
A pressing need exists to synthesize our current understanding of dynamics of the MJO, its impacts on weather and climate, and its predictability. This workshop aims to bring scientists around the globe to have in-depth discussions of the current status of MJO studies.
Location: ChengDu, China.
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2016 International Atmospheric Rivers Conference
August 8 - 11
The conference aims to bring together experts from academia and applications to form a real community of interests. Questions on the table include: What meteorological conditions constitute ARs and what do not? How can ARs (and related processes) best be identified and categorized? What are the most promising new research directions for putting AR science into its proper meteorological climatological context and improving its applicability?
Location: University of California, San Diego.
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12th International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (ISSAOS)
August 28- September 2
The aim of the school is providing a basis for the effective exploitation of increasingly available High Performance Computing (HPC) resources in the field of Earth System Science. The school is primarily addressed to PhD students and post-docs, but it is open to all kinds of academic and non-academic research profiles.
Location: L'Aquila, Italy.
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Universities and climate change
September 1- 2
The Symposium “Universities and Climate Change: the Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges" is being organised  by Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). 
Location: Manchester, UK.
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Annual Conference International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
September 1- 4
The main theme of the conference is “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology”. The Conference will bring together researchers, academics, and health professionals to promote the sharing of research results, experiences and new ideas in the field of environmental epidemiology.
Location: Rome, Italy.
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European conference on applied climatology
September 12- 16

Where atmosphere, sea and land meet: bridging between science, applications and stakeholders.
The conference is divided up into six sections ECAC climate; applications of meteorology; the atmospheric system and its interactions; communication and education; measurements and observations; and numerical weather prediction.
Location: Trieste, Italy.
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CLIVAR open science conference 2016
September 18-25
The World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR - invites the international climate community to review the state of the science, to prioritize international research plans and to initiate new collaborations. In addition to the main event, the Conference will have two other events which will target specific audiences - the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium and the Regional Stakeholder Forum.
Location: Hamburg, Germany.
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Physics dynamics coupling in weather and climate models
September 20-22
This workshop will address challenges in the development of advanced algorithms to accurately and efficiently represent process interactions that determine fundamental characteristics of weather and climate systems. It has a strong emphasis on the mathematical and computational aspects of weather and climate modeling..
Location: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State, US.
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