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Research Thesis Topic

Drivers of Global and Australian Climate and Rainfall

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Drivers of Global and Australian Climate and Rainfall


Climate models are constraint by the requirement to represent present climate and climate processes, in order to produce reliable/representative future climate change scenarios. This includes the representation of global atmospheric and oceanic circulation features such as the Hadley Cell, Walker Cell, location of the subtropical ridge, the Intertropical Convergence Zone, the South Pacific Convergence Zone, the El Nino Southern Oscillation, the Indian Ocean Dipole, the Southern Annular Mode, the Austral-Asian Monsoon circulation, the Pacific Warm Water Pool and other features. This project will utilise global climate model data to investigate how the present generation of climate model represent climate phenomena that drive global and Australia rainfall variability. The project would utilise existing climate model data, statistical methods and data visualisation and analysis software. See for further information the following reference: i) Murphy, B. F., Ribbe, J. 2004. Variability of southeast Queensland rainfall and its predictors. International Journal of Climatology, 24(6), 703-721. ii) Cai, W., A. Sullivan, T. Cown, Ribbe, J., Shi, G., 2011. Simulation of the Indian Ocean dipole: a relevant criterion for selecting models for climate projections. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L03704.

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Research Affiliations
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences

Field of Research
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Oceanography
  • Other Earth Sciences
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience

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