Climate models are important tools for improving our understanding and predictability of climate behaviour on seasonal, annual, decadal, and centennial time scales across regions and the globe. Outcomes of modelling are used to inform decision making in all fields of life.
In this webinar, our panel explores the topic from three perspectives – the status and process of climate modelling, the importance of climate modelling to health, and applying climate modelling estimates to research management.
Global and regional climate modelling – Professor Andy Pitman
Global climate models attempt to simulate the global climate system. Simulations are run at climate modelling centres around the world and compared to help scientists understand how the climate system works and to develop climate projections to inform planning decisions. The outcomes are key inputs to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports and Australia’s national and regional climate projections.
Disentangling health effects of environmental changes from social factors - Dr Ivan Hanigan
The World Health Organization (WHO) puts a changing climate as one of the most important health risks of the future (WHO, 2020). However, national environmental datasets are required to quantify the true magnitude of these health effects, predict future health impacts in Australia, and target geographic areas at greater risk to provide more targeted, cost-effective mitigation and management.
Research is not immune to climate change - Professor Lauren Rickards
Research is frequently presented as important to others' capacity to cope with and adapt to climate change. What is less acknowledged is that research itself is increasingly threatened by climate change - whether in terms of climatic extremes and slow stressors, their myriad flow-on effects or indirect climate change impacts.