Bryson Bates, Paul Holper, Ian Smith

South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative

Published date May 1, 2010

Climate variability and change in south-eastern Australia

  • Investigates the causes, impacts and prediction of climate variability and change in south-eastern Australia
  • Analyzes the historical climate record and explains the main controls or drivers of the climate of the region, including the impact of global warming
  • Assesses potential changes in the hydro climate of the region under climate change scenarios
  • Finds that the current dry spell since 1996 in south-eastern Australia has been shown to be the driest 13-year period in the last 110 years of reliable climate records, surpassing the previous record drought that extended from 1936 to 1945