[ASC-list] FW: AusSMC NEWS BRIEFING REMINDER - Heatwaves, downpours and drought: what's behind all the weird weather?

Susannah Eliott Susannah at smc.org.au
Mon Feb 8 23:38:56 UTC 2016

Apologies for the short notice folks. This briefing has just started if you want to tune in. You can also play it back later in the day.
Best wishes

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Sent: Tuesday, 9 February 2016 8:30 AM
To: Susannah Eliott <Susannah at smc.org.au>
Subject: AusSMC NEWS BRIEFING REMINDER - Heatwaves, downpours and drought: what's behind all the weird weather?

Issued: 9 February 2016
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BRIEFING REMINDER: Heatwaves, downpours and drought: what's behind all the weird weather?

NEWS BRIEFING: Tue 9th Feb 2016 at 10:30 AEDT ONLINE

When it comes to the world's weather, it seems that abnormal is the new normal. The latest research from the Bureau of Meteorology reveals that the five year period between 2011 and 2015 was the world's hottest on record, a period marked by numerous weird weather events around the globe, including extreme rainfall in southeast Australia in 2012 and ongoing droughts in Queensland and New South Wales. The past two decades have also seen the number of marine heatwaves, and their duration, increase. Since 1900, marine heatwave frequency and duration has doubled. But what is the effect of all this heat and how certain can we be that climate change is responsible?

Join us for this online briefing, which brings together some of Australia's top climate scientists to discuss their most recent research on extreme weather as they meet in Melbourne for the Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society / ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (AMOS / ARCCSS) National Conference 2016.<http://smc.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=1fb25eaedd&e=69d18f3830>

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

  *   2011 - 2015 was the hottest five year period on record around the world
  *   Is weird weather really becoming more common?
  *   Did climate change cause extreme rainfall in southeast Australia in 2012 and the ongoing droughts in Queensland and New South Wales
  *   The role of the El Niño / La Niña in recent weird weather events
  *   Increases in the frequency and duration of heatwaves over the past 100 years

  *   Dr Blair Trewin is a Senior Climatologist with the Bureau of Meteorology
  *   Dr Andrew King is a Climate Extremes Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of Melbourne.
  *   Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick is a DECRA Research Fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Join the briefing

Date: Tue 09 Feb 2016
Start Time: 10:30am AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min
Venue: Online

Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions online.
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2. Enter access code 868 158 468#.
Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test before the day.
If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on 1800 493 239 quoting event number 868 158 468.
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