Monash scientists partner in new ARC centre on extreme weather and climate

Monash Science is set to play a key role in studying climate change with the appointment of four top researchers from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment to the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Professor Christian Jakob, Professor Michael Reeder, Associate Professor Julie Arblaster, and Dr Dietmar Dommenget are chief investigators at the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes officially launched yesterday by the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, on behalf of Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Simon Birmingham, at the University of New South Wales.

The new Centre builds on the research carried out by the earlier ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science but focuses directly on extreme weather and climate events. It aims to improve our understanding of the processes that trigger these extreme events and build this understanding into climate modelling systems. Climate change

The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a network of national and international partner organisations.

“Monash Science has many internationally renowned researchers studying the problem of climate change, four of whom are chief investigators at this new Centre,” said Monash Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash.

“Climate change is one of the key challenges we face today and we are honoured to be part of this group whose research will improve predictions of climate extremes and how we cope with those extremes.”

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) is based at UNSW and is led by UNSW scientist Professor Andy Pitman. The Centre will work with Monash University; University of Tasmania; the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University—and 14 partner organisations, including: Bureau of Meteorology; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; National Computational Infrastructure; Risk Frontiers Group Pty Ltd; Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW); Met Office, UK; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich; Latmos, CNRS/INSU/ISPL; National Centre for Atmospheric Research, USA; University of Arizona, USA; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA; Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany; NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre; and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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