CAWCR is a partnership between Australia's leading atmosphere and ocean research agencies: the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.

The challenge

Combining weather, climate and ocean research capability

CAWCR was established in September 2007 to combine the research capability of the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, and to increase the impact of Australia's weather, climate and ocean research. It was relaunched as a collaboration in 2015. CAWCR has over 300 participating researchers in the Bureau Research and Development Program, and in the CSIRO Earth System Assessment Program and Oceans and Climate Dynamics Program in CSIRO's Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship. CSIRO and Bureau staff contributing to the collaborative research are located in Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra.

Earth and its weather from space  ©Bureau of Meteorology

CAWCR research is focused on Earth-system science, delivering national benefit in areas such as weather prediction, hazard prediction and warnings, ocean prediction, climate variability and climate change, responses to weather- and climate-related health hazards, water supply and management, and adaptation to climate impacts.

Our response

An atmosphere, ocean, land-surface and ice modelling system

A major CAWCR activity has been the development of the Australian Community Climate and Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS), a modelling system incorporating the atmosphere, ocean, land-surface and ice. ACCESS is used in applications from the Bureau’s weather prediction out to projections of climate beyond the end of the century.

CAWCR research outputs may be delivered as new or improved Bureau of Meteorology services, or to Government and other stakeholders in the form of written advice or new technologies. Products of our research include publications in the scientific literature, modelling and observational technologies, reports to clients, collaborations, and conferences.

CAWCR has a close working relationship with the Department of the Environment. It also collaborates closely with national and international agencies. Important collaborations include: the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS), incorporating the universities of New South Wales, Melbourne and Tasmania, and Monash and the Australian National University; and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facilities in the form of the National Computational Infrastructure; the Integrated Marine Observing System; and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.

CAWCR is governed by a Collaborative Agreement between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, overseen by a Director and a Supervisory Committee of senior managers from both partners.

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