Public Talk: Finding early weather data for central NSW

University of Melbourne Federation Fellow, Professor David Karoly, will hold a public talk in Bathurst to outline the SEARCH project's landmark research into the climate history of south-eastern Australia. Professor Karoly will also be calling for assistance to identify local sources that may be of use to the project, such as early instrumental weather records … Continue reading Public Talk: Finding early weather data for central NSW

Salvaging sunken treasure

The State Library of New South Wales has published a feature on the SEARCH project in their quarterly SL Magazine. In the article, lead researcher Joelle Gergis describes how the project is drawing on the wealth of information available in the State Library of New South Wales' First Fleet journals collection. Download a PDF copy … Continue reading Salvaging sunken treasure

Citizen scientists help create digital record of our climate past

The SEARCH project will draw on the expertise of volunteers to build a comprehensive online database of early Australian meteorological records and historical accounts of weather events. Volunteers will work out of our partner libraries, The State Library of Victoria, The State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia to help … Continue reading Citizen scientists help create digital record of our climate past

International Palaeoclimate meeting in The Age

Over 70 palaeoclimate scientists from across Australia and around the world were in Melbourne last week for the Aus2K regional workshop. The meeting was an opportunity for scientists to present the latest palaeoclimate reconstruction data for our region; information that will feed into the fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due in … Continue reading International Palaeoclimate meeting in The Age

SEARCH Project featured in The University of Melbourne Voice

The University of Melbourne's Voice newspaper has featured The South-Eastern Australian Recent Climate History project on page 2 of its May edition. Lead researcher, Dr Joelle Gergis, discussed the background to this landmark linkage project, while project historian, Professor Don Garden outlined how historical documentary records would be utilised. The feature is available on The … Continue reading SEARCH Project featured in The University of Melbourne Voice

The melancholy loss of H.M.S Sirius off Norfolk Island March 19th 1790, by George Raper. Credit The National Library of Australia.

Weather conditions of the First Fleet voyage

HMS Sirius Lieutenant William Bradley recorded the daily noon temperature in his weather journal maintained over the course of the First Fleet's journey from 1787-1788. He continued to record the noon temperature while the HMS Sirius was anchored at Port Jackson during the first eight months of the settlement of Sydney Cove. Analysis of these … Continue reading Weather conditions of the First Fleet voyage

Palaeoclimate scientists to meet in Melbourne

International palaeoclimate researchers will visit Melbourne from 31 May - 2 June for the Past Global Changes (PAGES) Aus2k workshop, to be hosted by the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences. The workshop will target the need for extended estimates of regional-scale climate variables to reduce uncertainties about climate change and its potential impacts … Continue reading Palaeoclimate scientists to meet in Melbourne

Discovering Australia’s first weather record

As a young American researcher working in Australia in the late 1970s, Robert McAfee made a startling discovery that would have a huge impact on Australian Climate History research, the weather diary of Lieutenant William Dawes. This is his story. When I was a grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison I received a telegram … Continue reading Discovering Australia’s first weather record