Duration: 1 day
About this workshop
This full-day workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of the climate system, an appreciation of climate change science, and the confidence to find and use science-based climate change information to inform decisions. The workshop consists of six components:
- Understanding the climate: climate processes and drivers of regional change
Description and discussion about the relevant drivers of observed climate variability in the region (El Niño Southern Oscillation, Subtropical Ridge, Indian Ocean Dipole, etc). Includes discussion of global and regional observations and trends.
- Introduction to climate change science
A background to the climate system, including information on greenhouse gases, atmospheric processes and the role of oceans. This module will introduce basic concepts around climate modelling.
- Understanding climate change projections
Background to climate scenarios and ranges of change and selecting models for planning or impact studies. Also includes discussion of extremes – how they are measured and the limitations of projections for extreme climate change.
- Understanding and using downscaling
What is downscaling and how is it related to the global climate model output? Is downscaling relevant for me? Is downscaling always a better product to use? Discussion on the accuracy and reliability of downscaling.
- Choosing and using climate change information
Why use climate change information? Types of climate change information and applications. Finding and assessing climate change information. Includes activity and discussion. Deciding what information is useful to guide planning or in directing impact studies.
- Rapid climate impact assessments
Introduction to an eight-step process for identifying and developing climate change information for decision-making. This is a hands-on session where participants will find and apply climate change data and information to conduct a rapid climate impact assessment on the topic of their choice.
Who should attend?
This program has been developed for people who need to use climate change information in their work, but have limited experience finding and interpreting climate change information.
This program is offered on request. For more information contact Hub Knowledge Broker Mandy Hopkins on 03 9239 4649 or firstname.lastname@example.org