Meet the team
Dr Sarah Perkins
Dr Sarah Perkins is a climate scientist at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, UNSW. She actively researches past, present, and future changes in heatwaves, both globally and Australia. Her most recent work seeks to constrain the large number of metrics used to measure heatwaves and investigating how well climate models can simulate historical events. Sarah is also interested in what drives heatwaves, and how these mechanisms may change over time. This is important since the impacts of heatwaves are very broad and damaging, affecting human health, infrastructure, agriculture, and natural systems. For more information, see www.sarahinscience.com.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre was established in 2011 with extensive investment from the Australian Research Council, the University of New South Wales, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, New South Wales Government, Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Tasmania. The Centre’s focus, Climate System Science, is the quantitative study of the climate system designed to enable modeling of the future of the climate system. It is built on a core of the sciences of the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and land surface. The scale of research enabled by the Centre will provide for the enhancement of climate modeling and future climate projections particularly at regional scales, minimizing Australia’s economic, social and environmental vulnerability to climate change. The Centre has provided full sponsorship for this website.