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New-look website released!

This website is now available, and replaces We hope you like the new look and expanded content.


Oceans book released

CSIRO has published an Oceans book about Australia’s marine and coastal research, which Kathy McInnes and a number of our colleagues were involved in. Kathy appeared on ABC News Breakfast as part of the launch! Information and access to the book can be found here.


Citizen science project – tide gauge digitization

Kathy McInnes, assisted by Claire Trenham, is coordinating a citizen science project to digitise tide gauge data from around Australia, starting with Williamstown (Melbourne). This project was included at a citizen science day run by AMOS in August, and featured by the NESP Earth Systems & Climate Change Hub newsletter in September. For more information including how to get involved, see the NESP article.


WCRP Grand Challenge for Sea Level Rise

In early July, the World Climate Research Program Grand Challenge for Sea Level Rise organised a conference in New York. Some of our work was presented there by Kathy McInnes. Following the science presented at the conference, a statement has been published and can be viewed here.


Sea Level, Waves & Coastal Extremes team members in the media!

In the last month Xuebin Zhang authored a paper published in Nature Climate Change, and Kathy McInnes was featured by Australian Women’s Weekly in a piece about female scientists leading the way in renewable energy science in Australia. Find her on p.94 of the August 2017 edition!


New Research Centre Launched

The Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR, or “sea shore”) has been launched in Hobart. CSHOR is a long-term research collaboration between Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM) in China and CSIRO, together with UNSW and UTas. Dr Xuebin Zhang leads a project to study the role of the Southern Ocean in sea-level change.

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New staff: Claire Trenham

Claire Trenham joins the team. Claire comes to us from managing Research Data and Services at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). Previously Claire was a member of this team working with Mark Hemer in Hobart running WaveWatchIII and analysing wave data for various projects. Claire will be working in Aspendale with Kathy, Ron and Mark, as well as Michael Grose and Marcus Thatcher in the climate modelling realm.