Climate extremes now cost Australia up to $4 billion each year and are set to intensify over coming decades. Climate extremes include heat waves, drought and extreme rainfall; which occur against a backdrop of natural and human-influenced climate variability and change. Predicting future behaviour requires us to understand the processes that govern climate variability and extremes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Our blue-sky research focusses on discovery of processes that explain the behaviour of past, present and future climate variability and extremes, and developing the capacity to include these processes in climate modelling frameworks.
This research theme is focussed around research within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes that commenced in August 2017.