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Dr Rachel Law

Senior Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Rachel Law works in the 'Modelling the Earth System' group in the Climate Atmosphere Ocean Interactions Program. The major focus of her work is coordinating an Australian submission to the World Climate Research Programme's Coupled Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 7 (CMIP7) using the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS). The CMIP7 submission will be a multi-agency effort led by CSIRO. New configurations of ACCESS are currently being developed, to be ready for CMIP7 'production' simulations in around 2026.

Rachel is a member of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) National Research Infrastructure Scientific Advisory Committee.

Rachel's research interests include:
* ongoing development of the ACCESS earth system model which simulates the carbon cycle alongside climate
* using ACCESS experiments to explore interactions between the carbon cycle and climate
* 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.

  • Aspendale Site Leader
    Provides local leadership for the CSIRO Aspendale Site

Academic Qualifications

  • 1993

    University of Melbourne

  • 1988

    B. Sc. (Hons)
    University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2016

    Land surface modelling team leader
    CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

  • 2003-2009

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

  • 2000-2003

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Atmospheric Research

  • 1994-2000

    Research Fellow
    CRC for Southern Hemisphere Research, Monash University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-current

    Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

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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