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Nerilie Abram elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Science

May 22, 2024 3:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

21st Century Weather congratulates our Chief Investigator Nerilie Abram on being elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.  Nerilie is a Professor of Climate Science in the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University in Canberra. She is a Deputy Director of 21st Century Weather, and also a Chief Investigator of both the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science. Fellows of the Australian Academy of... Read More

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Sonic Vocabularies: Climate, Weather and Music

April 29, 2024 12:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Call for proposals open now! About this project The climate crisis is a global issue strongly influencing the evolution of art music: shaping new directions in creative practice and informing conceptual frameworks. Music has an important role to play in climate crisis discourse, by offering a sonic pathway to bridge the gap between data, understanding, reflection, and action. While climate change is often described as ‘global’ warming, we all experience it as a change in the weather where we live.... Read More

Climate-driven weather change behind record-breaking heat in 2023

April 11, 2024 5:13 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The relationship between anthropogenic climate change and global weather patterns led to the hottest year on record in 2023. Human-induced global heating combined with other important drivers and feedbacks – including persistent atmospheric blocking, droughts, marine heatwaves and El Niño – caused unprecedented heatwaves in many parts of the planet.  Writing in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment’s ‘Climate chronicles’ series, 21st Century Weather Chief Investigator Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick and her collaborators detailed the extent of the extreme conditions. The data offers... Read More

Andrew King receives 2024 Anton Hales Medal

April 11, 2024 12:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

21st Century Weather Chief Investigator Dr Andrew King has been awarded the 2024 Anton Hales Medal by the Australian Academy of Science. The Medal recognises research in the Earth sciences and honours the contributions of the late Professor Anton Hales, who was the founding director of the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Science at the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  He... Read More

Ailie Gallant awarded 2024 Dorothy Hill Medal

April 9, 2024 4:27 am Published by Leave your thoughts

21st Century Weather Chief Investigator Ailie Gallant has been awarded the 2024 Dorothy Hill Medal by the Australian Academy of Science. By providing support to women researchers in the Earth sciences, the Academy’s Dorothy Hill Medal honours the contributions of the late Professor Dorothy Hill and her work in opening up tertiary science education to women. Ailie is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment within the Faculty of Science at Monash University. Her work focuses... Read More

The Beginning of a New Era of Weather Change Research

February 2, 2024 3:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Commencing 1 February 2024, 21st Century Weather is a seven-year initiative which will research how Australia’s weather is being reshaped by climate change. Our research is informed by the needs of our industry and government partners as we look ahead to how the weather will change over coming decades. Our research will feed into better decision making on how society can harness the benefits of weather resources and how we can adapt to changes that may impact many aspects of our lives.  Under... Read More

Probable weather and climate information – Christian Jakob explains what’s going on

January 31, 2024 1:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Most of our weather and climate forecasts come in chances and likelihoods of events. What do they mean? How can I interpret them? And most importantly, how can I use them to make a decision. In this article in The Conversation, our Director, Christian Jakob, takes a look at the essence of probabilistic forecasting. He explains why weather forecasting is inherently not about certainty but probability. Prof Jakob reminds readers that “Our atmosphere and oceans do not behave in simple, easily predictable... Read More

Weather is a key resource to society

November 14, 2023 3:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In our “land of droughts and flooding rains” the weather is on everybody’s mind. Its highest visible impact occurs when it threatens infrastructure and lives. Much of the recent public discourse on climate change has been focused on the future of severe weather events. Quite apart from these severe events, the weather plays a critical and obvious role in supporting vast amounts of economic activity in food production, renewable energy, tourism, to name but a few. This is the weather... Read More

Chief Investigator Dr Andrew King wins prestigious Priestley Medal

November 14, 2023 3:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

21st Century Weather Chief Investigator Dr Andrew King from the University of Melbourne was recently announced as the 2023 recipient of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s Priestley Medal. This award recognises Andrew’s outstanding contributions to understanding of climate variability, climate change, temperature and rainfall extremes, seasonal climate prediction and climate impacts. In 21st Century Weather, Dr King will be contributing to research activities in our High Impact Events project. Charles Henry Brian (Bill) Priestley was a researcher of the... Read More

Training the first generation of Weather Change Scientists

November 14, 2023 3:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Weather of the 21st Century (21st Century Weather) will establish a fully integrated Researcher Development Program. This program, spanning seven years and led by a dedicated Associate Director, will provide unrivalled breadth and depth of training and support for researchers in the Centre. Whilst the program will be particularly focused on HDR students and early career researchers, the centre’s more senior researchers will also have a wide range of opportunities for training and... Read More