OWS at the 8th Annual Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR) Workshop

Peter Wellby, Eric Tiong Dave Duncalf, and Alistair McKelvie were amongst the meteorology experts that attended the 8th Annual CAWCR Workshop held at the Bureau of Meteorology office in Melbourne on 10-12 November 2014.

The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR) is a partnership between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.  The annual workshop brings together a large number of Australian national experts from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Australian universities and research centres, private weather service providers as well as a number of prominent overseas scientists.

The theme of this year’s workshop was ‘Coasts and Extremes,’ which included extreme weather due to tropical cyclones, storm surge, wind-waves and tsunamis, coincident extremes, real-time forecasting and coastal adaptation, future changes in ocean temperature and acidity and renewable energy.

Andre van der Westhuysen from NOAA was the keynote speaker and his insight into the operational surge and wave models was extremely interesting and useful to the OWS Operational Forecast Centre in Melbourne. The last two days focused on Tropical Cyclones that are very relevant to OWS tropical cyclone track forecasting.

Peter, Eric, Dave and Alistair’s attendance to this workshop ensures OWS is using the latest techniques in marine weather wind and wave forecasting.

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