Annette Hirsch - Investigating the mitigation potential of land management

Event type: 
11 July 2018
2.00 - 3.00pm

Climate Change Research Centre, Seminar Room, Mathews Building 4th floor, UNSW, Sydney

Annette Hirsch
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW, Australia

In this talk I will present some of the research highlights from my postdoc in the Land-Climate Dynamics at the IACETH Zurich. I used the Community Earth System Model to conduct a series of experiments to determine the influence of different agricultural management techniques to modify the trajectory of future temperature extremes over different agricultural regions. An independent assessment of the current contribution of irrigation and conservation agriculture to mitigate present day temperature extremes identified the important role of land-atmosphere feedbacks to changes in local climate.


Brief Biography: Annette is a former ARCCSS graduate (late 2015) and has recently returned to Australia from a 2 year postdoc at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Her postdoctoral research focused on implementing land management practices in climate models to evaluate the impact of land use on climate extremes, with some emphasis on low emission scenarios through the multi-model HAPPI-Land project. Her current research at CLEX looks at the influence of land surface conditions preceding heatwave events.