Australia’s black summer & the connections to human-caused climate change

The summer of 2019/20 saw devastating climate extremes and bushfires across southern Australia, and changed the national discourse on the role of human-caused climate change in increasing the risk of these impacts. This talk will look at Australia’s current climate position, the factors that combined to generate the extreme conditions this summer, and the various ways that climate and fire scientists worked to communicate the scientific evidence on these extremes. New evidence on the Indian Ocean Dipole, one of the key climate drivers of Australia’s 2019 climate extremes, will also be discussed.