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Webinar: Enhancing Australia’s capacity to manage climate variability and climate extremes in a changing climate

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 10:30

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 10:30PM Eastern. Webinar: Enhancing Australia’s capacity to manage climate variability and climate extremes in a changing climate. Pandora Hope, Bureau of Meteorology. Sponsored by Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub. More information here.

 

Climate extremes such as heat waves, floods and droughts have huge impacts on Australia’s communities and their natural and economic resources. These events are influenced by large-scale climate features, such as the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, and by changes in the climate due to human activities. Explaining the drivers of past extremes, variability and trends is crucial in providing confident projections of future climate changes and frequency of extreme events.

 

We’re analysing past climate variability and extremes to enhance our understanding of the underpinning climate drivers. Our focus is on climate variability driven from the oceans (including El Niño, La Niña and the Indian Ocean Dipole), and longer timescale extremes such as extended heatwaves, floods and droughts. We’ll use climate models to examine how these factors change as the global climate changes.

 

This analysis will provide greater clarity on what causes extreme events, identify trends and variation in large-scale climate features and extreme events and to what extent these events are caused by human activities. This information will be integrated into Australia’s climate change projections, enabling us to better plan for and respond to drought, heat waves and floods.

 

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