Previous workshops

Southeast Australia rainfall workshop
8-9 September 2009. The Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW.
This workshop follows on from the AMS/AMOS meeting in February where a number of papers were presented with a wide range of views on the major drivers of southeast Australian drought and rainfall trends. Topics covered include:

- Interannual-decadal variability in southeast Australian climate
- Recent rainfall decline over the region
- Drivers of multi-year drought over southeast Australia
- The role of ENSO, the IOD, the SAM, the subtropical ridge

Click here to view the workshop program and power point presentations.

Earth System Modelling: Methods and Applications
7-11 September 2009. The Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW.
The school took place at the Climate Change Research Centre and was run by ARCNESS. Mornings were devoted to presentations from leading Australian earth system modellers, while the afternoons were devoted to hands-on training in the use of the NCI National Facility and the CSIRO Mk3L climate system model. For more information, follow the link below:

CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Implementation Panel 5th Meeting, Sydney AUSTRALIA, 16-18 February 2009
The 5th meeting of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Implementation Panel was held at the CCRC 16-18 February 2009.  The aim of this meeting was to synthesise what had been accomplished and what specific tasks needed to be undertaken in order achieve predictions of climate on seasonal, interannual and decadal timescales in the context of the Southern Ocean region. Beyond improving modeling skill, these tasks included evaluating the current status of various assimilation products.  The meeting also aimed to help define the research needs for SOOS (Southern Ocean Observing System) and evaluating the SOOS plan for adequate sampling of the climate system. This effort fed into the OceanObs09 effort.

An integrated data-modelling approach to the Australasian Holocene
12-13 November, 2008. The Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW.
The workshop brought together 40 of the leading palaeoclimatologists from Australia and New Zealand. The participants identified four key science questions that they saw as being the top priorities for future research. Working groups were formed to develop international collaborative research programs to study each of these questions.

Murray Darling Basin Workshop
6-7 April, 2009. The Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW.
This involved research groups working on the hydrology, meteorology and climate of the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). More than 50 participants attended, representing 15 different organisations. The workshop reviewed progress in the water budget modelling of the MDB made since the 2007 MDB water budget modelling workshop held in Melbourne; provided an overview of the observations taken within the MDB and their availability; and encouraged collaborations and complementarity of research conducted at government organisations and the University sector. Details concerning the workshop including the presentation given and the report produced can be found on the website (

ARCNESS Matlab Training Course
16-17 November, 2006, UNSW
This course trained participants in the use of Matlab. Please advise Professor Andy Pitman, Macquarie University, if you have any feedback.

UNSW Ocean and Climate Research Retreat
14 - 16 August, 2006, Terrigal Beach, NSW.
The retreat was a series of presentations by those members of the Climate and Environmental Dynamics Laboratory (CEDL), who work in the ocean and climate research areas. Participants included academic and research staff, postgraduates and honours students.

Climate Modelling Workshop
25th - 26th May 2006, UNSW.
The workshop trained participants in the configuration and running of the CSIRO Mk3L climate system model on APAC computing facilities. The main presenter was Steven Phipps (TPAC). Material was also presented by Jay Larsson (APAC), Andy Pitman (MQU), Leon Rotstayn (CSIRO) and Matthew England (UNSW).

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