ENSO Science Symposium

Fishing fleet in Hobart, Tasmania (Photographer : David McClenaghan)

January 29 – February 2, 2019

CSIRO Auditorium
Castray Esplanade,

(Includes a 2 day writing session for ENSO book authors on February 1 – 2)

Attendance is by invitation only and is limited to 50 people


The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) significantly impacts our climate, ecosystems, economy and society on a global scale. An improved understanding of its dynamics, evolution, predictability, teleconnection and impact in a climate that is undergoing change is critical to manage risks and resources.  The character of ENSO and the frequency of extreme events may change on a warming planet. Just a couple of years ago an extreme El Niño with major global climatic consequences occurred and one may wonder when the next big one will arrive.  The field of ENSO research is rapidly progressing and it is necessary to re-assess the state of ENSO science.  How reliable are our modelling and observational tools used to monitor, predict, and study ENSO?  What advances do we need to improve projections of ENSO in a changing climate?

To discuss these and other issues, the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR) plans to gather ENSO experts and students over a 3-day workshop, followed by a 2-day working-group meeting of authors involved in a book project on ENSO.

CSHOR is a collaborative research partnership between QNLM, CSIRO, UNSW and the University of Tasmania.

Registration, abstracts and invitations (visas)

Please register by emailing your abstract by 30th October 2018 to both Agus Santoso (a.santoso@unsw.edu.au) and Leonie Wyld (leonie.wyld@csiro.au). Indicate if you will attend the symposium, the book writing session or both. If you require a written invitation for visa purposes, please provide your passport details with the registration. Accepted abstracts will be displayed in early November on this web page.

Recent abstract submissions

Below is a list of recently submitted abstracts. A complete list of accepted abstracts with detail will be published in early November.

Author/s (last name order)

Presentation Title


Robert J. Allan1, Joëlle Gergis2,3, Rosanne D. D’Arrigo4 Placing the 2014–2016 ‘protracted’ El Niño episode into a long-term context 1 Met Office Hadley Centre, UK; 2 School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia; 3 ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, University of Melbourne, Australia; 4 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA.
Mat Collins1, Marion Saint-Lu1, Alex Todd1, Rob Chadwick2, Hugo Lambert1, Mechanisms for Changing ENSO-Rainfall Teleconnections in the Tropics 1University of Exeter, UK; 2Met Office, UK.
Jing-Jia Luo, Hanh Nguyen, Harry Hendon, Oscar Alves, Guoqiang Liu, Nick Dunstone, Craig MacLachlan Multi-year prediction of ENSO Nanjing University of Science Information and Technology, China; Australian Bureau of Meteorology; UK Met Office.
Sarah Perry1,2,3, Shayne McGregor2,3, Alex Sen Gupta1,3, Matthew England1,3 and Nicola Maher4 Regional changes to the remote impacts of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation 1University of New South Wales, Australia; 2Monash University, Victoria, Australia; 3ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, Australia; 4Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany.
Scott Power, F. Delage, C. Chung, S. Perry, and S. McGregor, W. Cai and A. Santoso The impact of global warming on ENSO is clearer now than ever before Australian Bureau of Metrology; CSIRO; University of New South Wales, Australia.
Malte F. Stuecker
The relationship between the Pacific Meridional Mode, Central Pacific ENSO, and Pacific decadal variability
Kevin E. Trenberth1 and Lijing Cheng2 Evolution of ocean heat content related to ENSO 1 National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA; 2 International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
Dongliang Yuan1, Xiang Li1, Zheng Wang1, Yao Li1, Jing Wang1, Ya Yang1, Xiaoyue Hu1, Adhitya Kusuma Wardana2, Dewi Surinati2, Adi Purwandana2, Mochamad Furqon Azis Ismail2, Praditya Avianto2, Dirhamsyah2, Zainal Arifin2 The role of Indonesian Throughflow in the onset and development of the latest El Niño events 1 Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China; 2Research Center for Oceanography, Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Jakarta, Indonesia


Lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and one symposium dinner are included with the registration. Attendees are expected to book their own accommodation. Summer is a busy time of year in Hobart, therefore, it is recommended you book as soon as practical. There are many hotels within walking distance of CSIRO. The City of Hobart Travel Centre website may be helpful.

If you require further assistance, contact Leonie Wyld at the email address above.


Scientific committee: Wenju Cai, Mike McPhaden, Agus Santoso

Organising committee: Leonie Wyld, Guojian Wang, Agus Santoso, Ben Ng