ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes Data Manager
Dr Anna Ukkola
Funding Amount $30.05 million over 7 years
Funding Scheme http://www.arc.gov.au/arc-centres-excellence
This Centre aims to transform understanding of past and present climate extremes and revolutionise Australia’s capability to predict them into the future. Climate extremes cost Australia up to $4 billion a year and will intensify over coming decades. This Centre’s blue-sky research will discover processes that explain the behaviour of present and future climate extremes. It will use its researchers, data, modelling, collaboration, graduate programme and early career researcher mentoring to transform Australia’s capacity to predict climate extremes. This research is expected to make Australia more resilient to climate extremes and minimise risks from climate extremes to the Australian environment, society and economy.
The goal of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes is to improve Australia’s capability to predict these extremes, and as a result inform strategies to reduce our national vulnerability. The Centre has three research goals:
- To understand the multi-scale processes that cause climate extremes via a transdisciplinary approach that integrates atmosphere, land and ocean sciences;
- To translate this understanding into a new Australian climate prediction system at extremely high spatial resolution;
- To use this new prediction system to examine the past, present and future behavior of climate extremes.
To achieve these there are four core research programs:
- Extreme rainfall,
- Heatwaves and Cold Air Outbreaks,
- Climate variability and teleconnections