ICE WaRM presents climate and water webinar
ICE WaRM’s free monthly Webinar examines the Australian climate of 2016 and look into what’s expected in the New Year.
The 30-minute Webinar, at lunchtime on 3 November, will be delivered by Bureau of Meteorology Climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins.
Australia had its second-wettest September on record and above average rainfall and stream flows are likely to continue for the rest of 2016. Andrew will look at what this means for the Murray-Darling Basin. What will these events mean for our water supply? What has driven our climate so far this year? What will drive the climate over summer? What are the odds for La Nina in the next few months?
Andrew has been passionate about understanding the world around him his whole life. After growing up in central Victoria and then the Mornington Peninsula, he attended The University of Melbourne where he majored in meteorology. His first taste of climate research came in 1992 with a stint in the Solomon Islands assisting the US NOAA ‘Hurricane Hunter’ aircraft as part of the TOGA COARE research project into the El Nino-Southern Oscillation. His later PhD on sea ice and its influence on Antarctic weather and climate opened the door to visit the most southern continent twice, as well as introducing him to the complexities of using, modifying and analysing dynamical climate models. For his post-doc he joined the Co-Operative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology at Monash University, researching decadal climate cycles and ways to better initialise weather forecast models.
Since joining the Bureau of Meteorology in 1999 he has been involved in many projects developing new climate products, becoming the Bureau’s Manager of Climate Prediction Services in 2012. In this role he has recognised the importance of matching best science with user needs using great communication.
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