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AUS2K meeting 26-27th June 2014 – Melbourne

We are pleased to announce that the third workshop of the PAGES Australasia2k Working Group will be held in Melbourne on 26-27 June 2014. This will be a joint meeting with the Australian Climate Change Science Program (ACCSP) project “Variability of Australian climate over the last 1000 years in coupled model simulations and proxy data”.

The topic of the workshop will be the challenges and opportunities in the growing fields of (a) climate reconstructions from proxy evidence, and (b) comparison with the PMIP3/CMIP5 Last Millennium climate model simulations, for the Australasian and wider Southern Hemisphere regions. The focus will be on the interaction between climate modellers, meteorologists, scientists developing proxy records, and how to strengthen ties to better understand the past (and future) behaviour of the climate system.

Day 1 (Thursday) will feature presentations from (1) Aus2k Working Group participants, and (2) palaeoclimate work being conducted by the ACCSP and other related work.

Day 2 (Friday) will be focussed on planning for Phase Two of Aus2k.

Further details, including a call for presentations, will follow during the coming weeks. For now, save these dates to ensure that you are able to attend.

When organising travel, please note that this workshop immediately precedes the AQUA Biennial Conference, which will take place in Mildura from 29 June to 4 July 2014.

We look forward to seeing you all in Melbourne!

Joelle, Drew, Steven, Nerilie, Russell, Ben, Jonathan, Heidi, Pandora and Jo – On behalf of the Aus2k Steering Committee and the ACCSP Project “Variability of Australian climate over the last 1000 years in coupled model simulations and proxy data”

Southern Hemisphere Westerly Wind SHAPE workshop summary

A small workshop was held on the 28-29th January 2014 in Auckland to discuss the Southern Hemisphere Westerly Winds and how they might have changed over time.

See the SHAPE webpage and scroll down to find a link to the summary pdf. from this recent workshop. Please get in touch with anyone listed if you are interested in being involved in any of the new or ongoing projects.


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It is easy, so please get yourself signed up and encourage your colleagues, students and friends. This is a great time to sign new people up, as anyone that joins AQUA now will automatically have their membership extended right through to 28 February 2015. Members also have reduced registration fees at the upcoming AQUA Mildura 2014 – “Back to the Core” conference.

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