Australian Academy of Science

Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference on

Atmospheric Dynamics


Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 August 2024



supported by



Dr. Isla Simpson

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Co, USA


Dr. Juliane Schwendike

University of Leeds, UK


Dr. Kai Kornhuber

Columbia University, USA, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria


Hon. Prof. David Karoly

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.


Prof. Michael Reeder

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


Prof. Christian Jakob

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Weather of the 21st Century, Melbourne, Australia


Tuesday 20 August

Keynote: Juliane Schwendike

Invited: Michael Reeder

- Dynamics of the Tropics
- Tropical-Extratropical Interactions
- Idealised dynamics

Wednesday 21 August

Keynote: Isla Simpson

Invited: David Karoly

- Climate Dynamics
- Teleconnections
- Droughts and Heatwaves

Thursday 22 August

Keynote: Kai Kornhuber

Invited: Christian Jakob

- Dynamics of the Extratropics
- Small-scale Processes and High-resolution Modelling


Atmospheric dynamics is all about understanding the physical processes which bring us our daily weather and determine the global structure of the atmosphere. Possibly more than any other field in climate science, atmospheric dynamics has the power to explain the evolution of weather and climate extremes across a range of scales, as it is the dynamics that determine when, where and why an event becomes extreme.

Despite climate change being one of the major challenges over the 21st Century, atmospheric dynamics is still one of the most important sources of uncertainty in predicting future climate variability and risks associated with extreme weather events, according to the latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report.

This workshop aims to bring together a community of experts in atmospheric dynamics with the ultimate goal of increasing our confidence in forecasts and future projections. It will assess current knowledge and identify important knowledge gaps, to guide and support research in atmospheric dynamics. The workshop enjoys strong support from some of the most influential Australian institutions in climate science: The Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanic Society, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Weather in the 21st Century, and the ACCESS National Research Infrastructure.



Martin Jucker

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Michael Barnes

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia