PUBLIC LECTURE: From Continental to Regional: transforming the scales of climate projection
|From Continental to Regional: transforming the scales of climate projection : The 2013 Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture
A lecture by Professor Andrew J. Pitman, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of New South Wales.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 2007, stated that there is “considerable confidence that climate models provide credible quantitative estimates of future climate change, particularly at continental scales and above.” Climate models really are extremely useful tools for informing policy makes of how large and how fast climate is likely to change in the next 50-100 years at continental scales and above. However, most decision making to address vulnerability to climate change requires much more detailed information than provided at the continental scale and requires temporal information around extremes that needs daily, and sometimes hourly information.
This talk will explain how researchers in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science are working to resolve the scale challenge that confronts us. Professor Pitman will highlight research that is now resolving ocean eddies, convection processes, and land surface processes at previously unprecedented spatial and temporal scales. He will also highlight where the limits remain in providing fine-scale climate projections – limits that are link science challenges with high performance computing, high-volume data and a worrying lack of quantitative and technologically capable graduate students.
Cost: Free, but registration required. Visit https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/pitman
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