[ASC-media] CSIRO: New centre to focus on climate and weather research

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Wed Dec 5 00:34:55 CET 2007


5 December 2007 

Ref 07/242

New centre to focus on climate and weather research

The Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre and CSIRO Marine and
Atmospheric Research have joined forces to focus their weather and
climate research efforts into a new joint research centre. Staff are
located primarily in Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, as well as Perth,
Brisbane and Darwin.

The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research will provide a
coordinated approach to the critically important areas of weather and
climate research in Australia.

The Centre is an equal partnership between the Bureau and CSIRO. Weather
and climate researchers from both organisations will work side-by-side
to unlock the mysteries of climate change and to investigate the
resulting challenges and opportunities. 

"The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research will combine the
vast climate expertise of the Bureau and CSIRO to become an important
centre of research excellence," said Foundation Director, Dr Chris
Mitchell.

"Australia has been at the forefront of climate and weather research and
the evolving science of Earth systems for many years. The new joint
approach provides a strong focus for climate research that will be
absolutely critical for the future of Australia and the world," Dr
Mitchell said.

The science undertaken within the Centre will be applied across a wide
variety of areas beyond climate change such as ocean prediction,
seasonal climate prediction, air quality, severe weather and water
management.

Researchers from the Centre will have access to new super-computing
facilities and are developing the Australian Community Climate and
Earth-System Simulator.

"These new facilities will provide weather and climate researchers with
the opportunity to take an holistic approach to their research to better
capture climate processes involving the ocean, carbon cycle, sea-ice,
and cloud chemistry," Dr Mitchell said.

The Centre's researchers will also work with the UK Met Office's
high-powered computer-based weather and climate prediction program and
adapt it to Australian conditions.

Image available at:
http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/mediarelease/mr07-242.html

Further Information: 

Dr Chris Mitchell, The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate
Research
03 9239 4673; 0408 406 160

Dr Helen Cleugh, The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research
02 6246 5574; 0418 214 681

Dr Tom Keenan, The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research
03 9669 4483; 0418 509 582

Background information available at:
www.cawcr.gov.au

Media Assistance:

Rob Morton, Bureau of Meteorology
0417 508 055
Craig Macaulay, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
03 6232 5219; 0419 966 465

www.csiro.au

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