A new large-sample hydrology dataset for Australia

Hydrologists globally can now more easily conduct studies spanning Australia’s unique hydroclimatology with the August release of CAMELS-AUS, a new large-sample hydrology dataset covering 222 unregulated catchments in Australia.  The dataset, produced as a collaboration between the University […]

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Seasonal ensemble forecasts for soil moisture, evapotranspiration and runoff across Australia

Hydrological extremes – such as droughts or floods – can have devastating effects on many aspects of human societies and the natural environment. Skilful forecasts of hydrology and hydrological extremes several months ahead can support decision making in […]

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Re-evaluating hydrological models for a changing climate: a Victorian case study

“[The IPCC working group 1] projects with high confidence an increase in the variability of the water cycle in most regions of the world and under all emissions scenarios…” “Over the 21st century, the total land area subject […]

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Catchments may not recover from drought

The models we use to manage our rivers and groundwater aquifers are not just equations and maths, but are a formalisation of how we think nature behaves in response to droughts and floods. A major, and implicit, assumption […]

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WaterSENSE: On-farm reservoir volume modelling by combining remote sensing and Bayesian statistics

Accurate water accounting is an important tool to manage our precious water resources in the dry Australian climate. Understanding the volumes of water extracted and stored in farm dams can assist with on-farm and catchment management. The WaterSENSE […]

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Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns

Australia is experiencing widespread, rapid climate change not seen for thousands of years and may warm by 4℃ or more this century, according to a highly anticipated report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The assessment, […]

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A seven-year lead drought precursor for South Australia

An international research collaboration, led by the Flinders University of South Australia, has revealed a seven-year lag precipitation teleconnection for South Australia. The teleconnection is characterised as a positive 29-season lag correlation between precipitation in South Australia and […]

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Nature has played on a continental scale water-storage seesaw for five decades in Australia

A research team based at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, at the Flinders University of South Australia, recently reported an opposite temporal pattern of terrestrial water storage (TWS) between eastern and western Australia. The researchers […]

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Collaboration the key to understanding the past, present and future of water availability in Victoria

The Victorian Water and Climate Initiative (VicWaCI) is a research collaboration between AWA members the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and The University of Melbourne. In December of 2020, the anticipated […]

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Climate change influences river flow

An international research team has demonstrated that climate change, rather than water and land management, plays a crucial role in river flow at a global level. Climate change is affecting the water balance of our planet: influencing the […]

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Vale Vanessa Haverd

(extract from a message circulated by Dr Helen Cleugh, CSIRO) It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news that our dear colleague and friend, Dr Vanessa Haverd, passed away on Tuesday Jan 19. […]

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