The 2015/16 El Niño and its impacts globally and in Australia

The 2015/16 El Niño and its impacts globally and in Australia

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The 2015/16 El Niño was the second strongest over the last 100 years, after the 1997/98 event. However, the 1997/98 event had relatively weak impacts in Australia. Prof David Karoly will discuss the evolution of the 2015 El Niño and its climatic impacts globally and in Australia. Prof Richard Eckard will discuss the agricultural impacts of the event across Australia.

Event Location: 
Rm 215, Level 2, Melbourne School of Design,
University of Melbourne

Professor David Karoly is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles. 

Professor Karoly is a member of the new Climate Change Authority in Australia. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Panel to the Australian Climate Commission, the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and the Joint Scientific Committee, which provides oversight of the World Climate Research Programme. 

Professor Karoly joined the School of Earth Sciences in May 2007 as an ARC Federation Fellow funded by the Australian government.   

Melbourne School of Land and Environment

Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (, a joint research initiative between the University of Melbourne and Agriculture Victoria. He is a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments, and the UN FAO and European Union, on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture. His research focuses on profitable and sustainable livestock production systems, nitrogen cycling and loss in agricultural grazing systems, with a recent focus on carbon farming and options for livestock production systems to respond to a changing climate. Richard is also a network leader of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gasses and member of the Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture international science advisory committee.

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