What will our climate look like in 2100? How will temperature and rainfall change in a future of rapidly increasing greenhouse emissions? How will different emissions pathways affect the impact of climate change? Can we use geoengineering to reverse global warming? In this project, students can explore questions such as these using climate models that bring together state of art science, computing and mathematics.

What Students will do

Students will learn the fundamentals of climate modelling, learn to use an online climate model and be given access to a real and sophisticated climate model output to investigate how our climate could change in the future. Students will also develop programming skills (in python) for basic to advanced statistics and for visualization of climate data. This project will provide students with an insight into a suite of skills that are highly desired in a range of careers where science, maths and computing are used for prediction, assessing risk and decision making.


  • Physics
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science 

Prerequisite Study 

  • Advanced Maths (minimum 2 Unit Maths)

Areas of Student Interest 

  • Climate Science
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Maths
  • Statistics 


Lead Academic: Dr Angela Maharaj - Lecturer, Climate Change Research Centre

Angela Maharaj

Angela is a lecturer in the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW and Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS). Her research is in understanding  the role of the ocean in climate variability particularly through satellite oceanography. Angela studies interannual to decadal scale processes which dominate climate variability with a strong focus on the Indo-Pacific and the role of the ocean.Angela also has interest in learning and teaching and knowledge transfer from the tertiary to secondary education sector, particularly with regards to promoting numerical literacy and physical sciences.


PhD Student: Rishav Goyal

Rishav Goyal

Rishav Goyal is a Scientia PhD Student the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC). He aims to understand the drivers of Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation on broad timescales ranging from intra-seasonal to multi-decadal. The major focus of his research revolves around finding the connections between the Tropical and SH circulation patterns and their response to climate change.  Rishav obtained his Master's degree in Climate Science and Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar India in 2017. He also holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from India.