Sophie lewis - Understanding Australia’s future temperature extremes

Event type: 
13 June 2018
2.00 - 3.00pm

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

Sophie Lewis
School of Physical, Environment and Mathematical Sciences (PEMS), UNSW Canberra
Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW, Australia

In recent years, Australia has experienced unprecedented heat, including heatwaves and record-breaking hot days, months, seasons and years. Australia has a naturally variable climate, but recent attribution studies show that our recent extremes are already being influenced by climate change. In this presentation, I will discuss anthropogenic influences on past, present and future extreme climate events in Australia. Are our recent extremes a sign of a new normal and how bad future extremes get?


Brief Biography: Sophie is a Senior Lecturer in Geography in the School of Physical, Environment and Mathematical Sciences (PEMS) at UNSW Canberra. Her research focuses on recent extreme rainfall and temperature events in Australia. She is an ARC DECRA Fellow, an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and a Lead Author for Working Group 1 for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.