Dr Rachel Law

Group Leader

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Dr Rachel Law leads the ACCESS group in the Climate Science Centre. The ACCESS group comprises five teams with skills in coupled climate modelling, land surface modelling, Australian and global carbon assessments, integrated assessment modelling, wind tunnel experiments, climate forecasting and processes.

Rachel helps to coordinate land surface and climate model development across the Australian research community. She was previously coordinator of the CABLE land surface model management committee and is a member of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) Research Leaders Group.

Rachel's research interests include:
* extending the capability of the ACCESS climate model to also simulate the carbon cycle
* using ACCESS experiments to explore interactions between the carbon cycle, climate and atmospheric aerosols
* contributing to submission of carbon-related ACCESS simulations to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6)
* interpreting the atmospheric measurements of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, to better understand where anthropogenic carbon is taken up by the land biosphere and oceans

Current Roles

  • ACCESS group leader
    Managing 5 teams focussed on modelling multi-annual to centennial climate variability and change, interactions with the carbon cycle and process studies supported by ocean observations and wind tunnel experiments.

  • Principal Research Scientist
    Using ACCESS-ESM to explore carbon-climate interactions. Interpreting atmospheric measurements of greenhouse gases.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1993

    University of Melbourne

  • 1988

    B. Sc. (Hons)
    University of Melbourne

Other highlights

  • 1996-2008

    Leadership role in TransCom project, an international project assessing transport model uncertainty for greenhouse gas emissions estimates. Multiple publications including highly-citied 2002 Gurney et al., Nature paper

  • 2009-2013

    Contributing to REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes (RECCAP) project with co-authorship of 4 papers.


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