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Name of Collaboratory :

 

Australia Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center (ACECRC)

 
 

URL :

  http://www.acecrc.org.au/  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Operational   Start Date : 1991 End Date : Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 2 2011 7:00am PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

   
 

Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Oceanography, EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

Antarctic and the Southern Ocean influence both the regional and global climate in profound ways. These vast areas will experience significant change as the world warms, and in turn those changes will impact on the global climate. Many of the impacts of climate change will be seen in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica before anywhere else on Earth. It is ACE’s role to investigate the critical scientific uncertainties that limit the way Australia and the global community can respond to the impacts of these changes.

Their Vision: Providing science, knowledge and understanding to help Australia meet the challenges of climate change.

Their Mission: Understanding the crucial role played by Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in global climate, and the impacts of climate change on Australia and the world.

Informing governments, the community and scientists about climate change to guide our future.

 
 

Access to Instruments :

  ACE offers its expertise through the following services:

Climate modelling: ACE is an expert in delivering fine-scale climate modelling – providing climate change information that is clear and relevant for local communities. An example of such a project is Climate Futures for Tasmania.

Sea-level Rise Decision Support Tool: ACE has developed a web-based decision support tool which helps Australians prepare for sea-level rise by enabling them to assess risk from sea-level rise to existing assets and to set appropriate design codes for new assets.
 
 

Access to Information Resources :

  ACE offers its expertise through the following services:

Position analysis and Report Cards: ACE explains its science in a series of comprehensive booklets in plain English. These are updated regularly and used to inform policymakers, governments, industry and the community of the latest climate change information.
 
 

Access to People as Resources :

  ACE offers its expertise through the following services:

Technical advice: ACE provides independent vulnerability assessments of sea-level rise and climate risks backed by some of the world’s leading climate change authorities.

Vocational training: ACE provides short courses for governments and industry to help them plan and prepare for our climate future, including specialised sea-level rise workshops for coastal planners and engineers.
 
 

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Australian Government Antarctic Division
University College London
Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (UCL) (CPOM)
China Meteorological Administration (CMA)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR)
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (Australian Government)
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Australian Government)
New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
Tasmanian Government
University of Tasmania
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Core Partner; collaborates across ACE research programs and also provides logistics support.
Australian Government Antarctic Division
2
Core Partner; provides ACE with research expertise and considerable logistics support.
University College London
   Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (UCL) (CPOM)
Supporting Partner; collaborates with ACE on cryosphere research.
China Meteorological Administration (CMA)
Supporting Partner; collaborates with ACE on cryosphere research.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
   CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR)
1
Core Partner; provides ACE with research expertise across their programs
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (Australian Government)
Core Partner; an end user of their research.
New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
Core Partner; collaborates with ACE on cryosphere and Southern Ocean circulation research and provides logistics support.
Tasmanian Government
Supporting Partner; provides key funding for the Climate Futures project.
University of Tasmania
Core Partner; provides operational support for ACE
 
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Notes on Participants/Organizations:
Other participating collaboratories:
* Laboratoire d'Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales (LEGOS) -- Supporting Partner; collaborates with ACE on specific research projects and provides logistics support.
* National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) -- Supporting Partner; collaborates in research across their Cryosphere, Carbon and Ecosystem Impacts programs.

   
     
 
 

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