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UNSW05: Faster warming in the Alps

The Australian Alps are the highest mountain range in Australia and is an important region in terms of ecosystem, biodiversity, energy generation and winter tourism. Alpine areas are vulnerable to climate change. This project will use NARCLiM simulations to analyse the relationship between warming rates and changes in albedo and surface energy budget.

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UNSW06: change of dryness in australia

Dryness is defined by ratio of accumulated annual rainfall and potential evapotranspiration (PET). Understanding changes in dryness will help stakeholders and policy makers making long-term plans in water management and mitigation/adaptation. In this study, the 50-km resolution climate simulations from the NARCliM outer domain will be used to assess the future changes in dryness.

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Errors in identifying the fire scar – the portion of a long-lasting bushfire that is actively burning or smouldering, are the largest errors in forecasting emissions from these events. This project will develop and analyse fire progression tracking using data from the 2019 – 2020 bushfire season.

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CSIRO02: Analysing long tide gauge records in Australia in conjunction with the 20th Century reanalysis to better understand how extreme events and by association extreme sea level events are changing

Understanding historical changes in extreme sea levels is necessary for the accurate projection of their changes over the next century. This project will look at digitized sea level data, to better understand the causes of extreme sea levels the southern Australian region and how these events vary over the duration of the record.

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CSIRO03: Exploring the dynamics of decadal variability and transitions in climate teleconnections

This project will focus on the connection between conceptual climate models and high resolution general circulation models (GCMs). The student will analyse simplified models that represent teleconnection behaviour and calibrate them to reflect the settings of a GCM. The student will also have access to high dimensional GCM output and can compare an ensemble of “real-world” simulations to the behaviour of the conceptual model using statistical methods.

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In this project you will investigate the competing effects the Antarctic ozone hole and increasing greenhouse gases have on the Australian summer season rainfall, using the latest climate models. These are now available on the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) supercomputer and are being used as input into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report.

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