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Circulation of the Southern Ocean
The Oceans crew are at it again, working with NCI's Vizlab to produce an extraordinary animation of the 1997/98 record El Niño and subsequent La Niñas.

Transition to a new centre.

The new Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) takes flight from July 1 this year. This doesn't mean the end of the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, which will continue and overlap with CLEX for 18 months. We touch on this transition period in the Centre Director Report by Prof Andy Pitman.

But as you can see below in our research program reports, despite these changes the Centre and our partners still keep producing groundbreaking outcomes. You can also find a range of remarkable photos and stories from voyages where ARCCSS researchers have gone out into the world to collect observational data. 

Centre Director Report
We are only a few months away from the beginning of the transition to the new Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) but the impressive work and outcomes of the current Centre continues. Read more.
Centre Manager Report
Stephen Gray has returned to the Centre. In this edition he takes a look back at our highly successful Lorne Workshop.
Read more
Graduate Director Report
A large number of students have graduated over the past 12 months and Graduate Director Melissa Hart hopes they will help build our growing alumni network. Read more.
Media Manager Report
Poster design for conferences seems to be a very hit and miss affair. Over the coming few months our media manager Alvin Stone will provide a process to improve poster design. Read more
Convection RP Report
A new convection representation developed at ARCCSS has been implemented; research reveals heavier future precipitation, a major data set has been created for the Maritime Continent and planning for the Year of the Maritime Continent is well underway. Read more.
Extremes RP Report
Extremes researchers won some key awards, produced a range of important papers and conducted a world first rapid attribution study of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Read more.
Land RP Report
The Land team has developed an entirely new model for soil hydrology that may remedy the poor ability of models to reproduce vegetation response to higher levels of CO2 . Read more.
Variability RP report
Research from the Variability team has revealed dynamic errors in ENSO models, a strong precursor to monsoonal bursts over Australia and how rainfall over southern Western Australia will change. Read more.
Oceans RP Report
The Oceans team produced an extraordinary animation of the 97/98 record El Niño and subsequent La Niñas and incorporated some significant model developments under the COSIMA banner. Read more.
CMS Report
You can now share unpublished data with collaborators who don't have NCI access; we also have significant model updates, a more user-friendly data catalogue, and our survey reveals where training is most needed. Read more.
It's not Atlantis, but last year Nicholas Herold set sail to explore the world's eighth continent, Zealandia, which is off Australia's coastline but deep below the ocean. Read more.
Profiling CABLE with IPM
Scott Wales explores the profiling tools at NCI that are available to everyone. Read more
RV Investigator expedition
ARCCSS researchers and PhD students were part of an exciting experimental campaign to take field measurements from the CSIRO Marine National Facility’s RV Investigator. Read more.
ARCCSS students' Atlantic voyage
Rob Ryan recently sailed from misty Bremerhaven to sunny Cape Town aboard Russian icebreaker Akademik Tryoshnikov. Read more.
PODS for PhDs
Alice Barthel attended a special ECR workshop where she made connections and found 5 tips to make a workshop flourish. Read more.
Jennifer spends two months afloat
Jennifer Wurtzel spent two months on JOIDES Resolution as part of a research expedition from Singapore to Guam across the Western Pacific Warm Pool. Read more
Ned's linter tip
A few weeks ago Ned Haughton posted some useful advice on linters. Linter's static code analyses help keep code consistent and easy to read. It can also help remove some bugs before you do the first run. Read more.
Chairing an IGS session
Wilma Huneke recently attended the International Glaciological Society's annual conference and offers some tips on how to chair a session. Read more.

WCRP spotlights Martin Jucker
WCRP has identified our own Dr Martin Jucker as an outstanding early career scientist and promising future leader in climate science. His work was highlighted on the WCRP website, which included a full interview and a focus on his work published in the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Are sudden stratospheric warmings generic? Insights from an idealized GCM.

Will Hobbs goes to Antarctica
Dr Wills Hobbs returned in January after spending seven weeks aboard the Aurora Australis and working on the ice in and around Antarctica. You can read all about his voyage here

Inaugural OzEWEX Australian climate and water summer Institute
Twenty students and early career researchers were invited to take part in a six week project that included a two week ‘boot camp’ and four weeks to plan and implement a project across four broad themes – drought assessment; water sharing and environmental flows; flood risk and emergency response; and water cycle data integration. Our own Elisabeth Vogel and Chiara Holgate took part. Read more.

AMOS education and outreach
Did you know that one AMOS member wrote a paper with a Year 11 student, as a result of their collaboration with CSIRO's Scientists in Schools program? Or that another AMOS member has given more than 100 talks to the public in the last six years? 
This information and much more is now on the new and improved Education page of the AMOS website. The education and outreach committee have collected past engagement success stories from AMOS members to share, as well as a wide range of information and resources. There are tools and tips for students, teachers and the public wanting to know more about weather, ocean and climate. The committee also posted some ideas and opportunities for scientists and AMOS members who want to engage the world in their research.
If you have any outreach stories or resources to share, please send them to the AMOS Education and Outreach Committee Chair, Stephanie Downes (link to mail: The Committee also wants to hear from anyone who has participated in Science Meets Parliament over the past few years.

New Arrivals

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

Katherine Simmonds (UNSW)
Liam Holder (ANU)
Nish Hu Hsin Su (UNSW)
Zoe Gillett (Monash)
Anna Vaughn (University of Melbourne)
Zoe Farr (University of Melbourne)

Ana Berger (UTas)
Benjamin Price (University of Melbourne)
Benjamin Schroeter (UTas)
David Hoffmann (Monash)
Francisco Lang (Monash)
Jenny Ahn (Monash)
Jiale Lou (UTas)
Raktima Dey (ANU)
Roseanne McKay (Monash)
Saurabh Rathore (UTas)
Shannon Bengston (UNSW)
Sopia Lestari (University of Melbourne)
Yifei Zhou (ANU)
Ying Sun (UNSW)

If your name isn't included here, it means you have yet to be added to the Clever database. Call the administration team to find out how.

Awards & Prizes

ARCCSS personnel continue to shine brightly, picking up a swag of awards and prizes since our last newsletter.

Deputy Director Christian Jakob won the prestigious 2016 Ascent Award of the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section. In the same year, Matthew England and Harry Hendon were elected as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union.

Associate Investigator Stephanie Downes was named the 2016 Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy of the Year by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

Benjamin Henley was awarded the 2016 G N Alexander Medal at the Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium in New Zealand.

In an incredibly strong year for the Centre Leela Francombe, Alejandro Di Luca, Jatin Kala and former student Adele Morrison were all awarded DECRAs. At the same time Andrea Taschetto, Shayne McGregor and Nerilie Abram were awarded Future Fellowships.

Once again ARCCSS researchers played a prominent role at the annual AMOS conference, being presented with a a number of awards. Tim Cowen won the Uwe Radok award for the best PhD thesis, Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick won the 2016 early career researcher award and Michael Reeder won the inaugural Distinguished Researcher Award. Stephanie Jakobs also added to her trophy cabinet for winning posters after she won best student poster at 2017 AMOS conference in Canberra.

Pearce Buchanan was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship that will see him undertake further research at Princeton University, in 2017/18.

 Chief Investigator Prof Nathan Bindoff was recognised for service to the University of Tasmania when he was awarded the University's Distinguished Service Medal. 

Katrin Meissner won the UNSW Science Staff Excellence Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for GERL talk lunches.

Nerilie Abrams won the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Advancing the Reputation of the University through media.

Papers of Interest
The world's poorest countries are already paying the cost of climate change and have been for the past 20 years according to new research by Dr Nicholas Herold. Observations already show these countries are experiencing substantially more hot days and warmer nights compared to wealthy countries. Increasing temperatures hit poorest countries hardest
The signing of the Paris agreement does not mean that climate science can now sit on the backburner while policymakers plan for a low emissions future. There are significant challenges ahead says Prof Christian Jakob and some serious questions that need to be answered. Three questions climate science must answer
Australia has often been described as a country of extremes and according to new research by Prof Steve Sherwood and colleagues, precipitation in Australia could tip from one extreme (extremely dry) to another. "There is no chance that rainfall will remain the same as the climate warms'" he said. More intense deluges and downpours Downunder
In a paradigm shifting paper, Prof Andy Hogg and colleagues found that small ocean vortices cancelled the downward flow of surface water at the centre of subtropical gyres. This eddy cancellation is only apparent in high resolution models. It implies that nutrients are recycled within ocean gyres. Eddy cancellation of the Ekman cell in subtropical gyres.
Dr Sophie Lewis, like many of us, had heard the term "new normal" in relation to climate change and extreme events many times. In this paper she defines what creates a new normal and then explores when these new normals are likely to appear as a result of climate change. Surprisingly it was found that global temperatures could enter a "new normal" state as early as 2025. Record hot year may be the new normal by 2025.

2nd European hail workshop

April 19-21
This workshop will bring together researchers studying different aspects of hail and representatives from insurances, weather services and agriculture.
Location: University of Bern, Switzerland.
Click here for further details.


European Geophysical Union General assembly 2017

April 23-28
The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences.
Location: Vienna, Austria.
Click here for further details.


Implementing the new urban agenda

May 4-5
The New Urban Agenda (NUA) is the next phase of the UN Habitat program. The NUA will shape and direct urban policy for the next twenty years across 167 signatory nations. 
Location: Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
Click here for further details


PAGES 3rd Young Scientists Meeting

May 7-9
The theme of the OSM and YSM is "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective."
Location: Morillo de Tou, Spain.
Click here for further details.


PAGES 5th open Scientists Meeting

May 9-13
Linked to the PAGES 3rd Young Scientists meeting, the theme is also "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective." 
Location: Morillo de Tou, Spain.
Click here for further details.


Ozwater 17

May 16-18
Ozwater is Australia's international water conference and trade exhibition, and is run annually by the Australian Water Association (AWA).
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Click here for further details.


6th International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change: From Hazard to Impact

June 4-9
The 6th Summit provides an opportunity for in-depth presentations and discussions focused on quantifying the hazard, vulnerability and impact of hurricanes and the influence of climate change.
Location: Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Click here for further details.

São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation

July 3-15
The school aims to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge on climate change science and related topics: Observations and future projections; impacts; vulnerability; adaptation and mitigation; and the Paris Agreement: How to reach the 1.5ºC target, including aspects of public policy.
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Follow this link for further details.


Regional sea level changes and coastal impacts 

July 10-14  
To meet urgent societal needs for useful infor - mation on sea level, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has established the theme “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts”, as one of its cross-cutting “Grand Challenge” (GC) science questions. 
The conference will serve as a basis for a new assessment of the state-of-the-art on regional sea level research that will be an important input to the next IPCC assessment.
Location: The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, US.
Click here for further details.


Summer school: Fundamental aspects of turbulent flows in climate dynamics 

July 31- August 25 
The summer school will focus on four themes, each to be covered in one of the four weeks of the school: ocean dynamics, large-scale atmosphere dynamics, clouds and convection, and turbulence theory/dynamical systems approaches. 
Location: Le Houches France.
Click here for further details.


10th International carbon dioxide conference 

August 20-25  
The purpose of this conference is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to work towards an integrated view on the global cycle of carbon in the Earth System. Spatial scales considered range from local and regional towards global synthesis, temporal scales from hours to millennia. Location: Interlaken, Sweden.
Click here for further details.


Summer school on sea-level change: observations, processes and modelling

August 27 - September 1
This Summer School will provide PhD students and junior scientists specializing in sea level research with a basic introduction to the dynamics of current and future sea level change and to state-of-the-art tools to measure and project it.
Location: Delft, Netherlands.
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Good Hope for earth sciences

August 28- September 1
The conference brings together IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA.
Location: Capetown, South Africa.
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2017 Swiss climate summer school

September 3-8
The 16th International Swiss Climate Summer School focuses on ‘High-resolution climate: observations, models and projections’.
Location: Ascona, Switzerland.
Click here for further details.


6th international workshop on monsoons

November 13-17
The International Workshop on Monsoons (IWM) series is a part of the WMO major quadrennial symposia and workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). IWM-VI is organized by the Monsoon Panel of the WWRP Working Group on Tropical Meteorology Research (WGTMR), in cooperation with the CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoon Panel, the MJO Task Force, the S2S Steering Group, the YMC Scientific Steering Committee, Meteorological Service Singapore, and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Location: Singapore.
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