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Untangling the links between El Nino and the changing global climate

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Our project will present a more fundamental understanding of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a major factor controlling Australian drought and rainfall. We will decipher ENSO dynamics by fusing in-depth knowledge of ENSO physics with coral records of past climate, and state-of-the-art climate model simulations. The coral records will provide high-resolution climate data for the models, and the models and theory will disentangle the key processes that cause ENSO to vary. This will be a major step in determining the full range of ENSO behaviour, and will help us understand why ENSO varies, leading to improved forecasts of how ENSO may vary under future global warming scenarios.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1092945

Local Award Id


  • 10943

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Our project will present a more fundamental understanding of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a major factor controlling Australian drought and rainfall. We will decipher ENSO dynamics by fusing in-depth knowledge of ENSO physics with coral records of past climate, and state-of-the-art climate model simulations. The coral records will provide high-resolution climate data for the models, and the models and theory will disentangle the key processes that cause ENSO to vary. This will be a major step in determining the full range of ENSO behaviour, and will help us understand why ENSO varies, leading to improved forecasts of how ENSO may vary under future global warming scenarios.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1092945

Local Award Id


  • 10943