Natural Climate Variability and Australia’s Summer from Hell

Australians have known for decades that our “droughts and flooding rains” are largely driven by the vaguely cyclic variations in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino/La Nina (and the Southern Oscillation). In the past 20 years or so, science has realized that this is not the only “mode of variability” which affects our weather. In particular, changes in the pattern of sea surface temperature in the Indian Ocean – the Indian Ocean Dipole – can play a very significant role in Australia’s climate. In this talk we will examine the key modes of climate variability affecting Australia, and especially the IOD, and what role they have played in the weather extremes we have experienced in recent months.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.
$15 Limited

<p>Australians have known for decades that our “droughts and flooding rains” are largely driven by the vaguely cyclic variations in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino/La Nina (and the Southern

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21 Aug

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