Joint Meeting Central Oklahoma Chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association
Wednesday March 9, 2011
Dr. David Karoly, The University of Melbourne, Australia
What: The recent extreme weather in eastern Australia: A sign of climate change or the response to La Nina?
Where: National Weather Center, Room 1350
The second half of 2010 and early 2011 have brought a wide range of climate extremes to Australia,
from drought and heat waves in Perth to floods in Queensland and Victoria and severe tropical cyclone
Yasi in north Queensland. This talk will discuss how much of this extreme weather is due
to the natural climate variations associated with the strong La Nina event occurring at
present and what might be the contributions, if any, from human-caused climate change.
Biography for Dr. Karoly:
Professor David Karoly is an ARC Federation Fellow and Professor of Meteorology at the University of Melbourne,
Australia.He is an internationally-recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse
climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Nino-Southern Oscillation.
He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles. Professor Karoly was Chair of the Premier of Victoria's Climate
Change Reference Group during 2008 and 2009, and is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the
Australian Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Earth System Science.
Professor Karoly joined the School of Earth Sciences in May 2007 as a Federation Fellow funded by the Australian
government. From 2003, he held the Williams Chair in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.
During 2001-2002, he was Professor of Meteorology and Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash
University. From August 1995, he was Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology
at Monash University until it closed in June 2000.
Refreshments will be available for COCAMS/NWA members. Hope to see many of you there!