Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of a new ARC Centre of Excellence that will focus on understanding present and future climate extremes, to revolutionise Australia’s capability to predict them into the future.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes was opened 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 University of New South Wales is receiving $30.05 million (over seven years from 2017) under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme. The Centre of Excellence builds on work carried out by The University of New South Wales through its previous ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science funded in 2011.
Professor Thomas said the research at this Centre of Excellence is expected to explain the behaviour of present and future climate extremes, to make Australia more resilient to climate extremes and to minimise future risks from climate extremes to the Australian environment, society and economy.
“This centre will use its researchers, data, and modelling to transform Australia’s capacity to predict climate extremes.
“The Centre of Excellence will work collaboratively with industry partners, and through its graduate program and early career researcher mentoring, to develop the next generation of researchers to lead in this field into the future,” said Professor Thomas.
The Centre of Excellence will work with four other universities—Monash University; University of Tasmania; The University of Melbourne and The Australian National University—and fourteen 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.
For more information about the work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, please visit the Centre’s website.
For more information about the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme, please visit the ARC website.