ARC Linkage Grant: Reconstructing pre-20th century rainfall, temperature and pressure for south-eastern Australia using palaeoclimate, documentary and early weather station data.
Researchers: Dr JL Gergis; Prof DJ Karoly; Prof N Nicholls; A/Prof DS Garden; Prof CS Turney; Dr AM Lorrey; Dr K Braganza; Dr RJ Allan; Miss G Skelly; Ms RJ Moran; Dr K Tan; Mr RA Neville; Dr NR Lomb
Primary Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines: 2606-Atmospheric Sciences
APA(I) Award(s): 1
APDI: Dr JL Gergis
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Met Office Hadley Centre
Murray-Darling Basin Commission
Department of Sustainability and Environment
National & State Libraries Australasia
National Library of Australia
State Library of Victoria
State Library of New South Wales
Project Summary: South-eastern Australia is in the grip of a severe water crisis due to the worst drought in recorded history and increasing temperatures. This landmark project brings together a team of Australia's leading climate scientists, water managers and historians with the common goal of reconstructing south-eastern Australia's climate history. The greatly extended record of annual rainfall and temperature variability will allow better planning for water storage and use, and improved testing of climate model simulations. Improving our understanding of the historical impacts of climate extremes on society will assist with planning for life in a hotter and drier future.