Dr Rachel Law

Group Leader

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Dr Rachel Law co-leads the 'Modelling the Earth System' group in the Climate Science Centre. The group comprises four teams with skills in coupled climate modelling, data assimilation, land surface modelling, Australian and global carbon assessments, integrated assessment modelling and micrometeorology. A major focus for the group is developing and running two versions of the ACCESS model for participation in the World Climate Research Programme's Coupled Modelling Intercomparison Project (CMIP6).

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) Oversight Committee.

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

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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