LAST FORUM: 23 JUNE 2021
Drought and Rainfall in South East Queensland: Extending Climate Records
Wednesday 23 June 2021
In our next Antarctic Policy & Research Forum, we break the barrier between two historically siloed branches of science: water resources management and the study of climate pre-history.
Australia’s water infrastructure policies and preparations are based on an understanding of climate extremes observed during the past 120 years of instrumental recordings.
Given the limited range of instrumental climate data for Australia, what does it mean when extreme climate events are described as ‘unprecedented’?
Our three speakers will explore the ways that these two branches of science - hydrology and palaeoclimatology - are coming together to build a clearer picture of the true risk of extreme climate events in Australia. We ask:
- What can the climate extremes of the pre-instrumental past tell us about the risk of future extreme events in Australia?
- Do we understand the potential magnitude of climate extremes in Australia, or are we being complacent?
- How does climate change affect our understanding of risk?
- How should water infrastructure managers be approaching these questions?
Associate Professor, Hydroclimatology
Senior Scientist (Catchments)
South East Queensland Water
Strengthening Antarctic Science & Policy Linkages
The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership held its first Antarctic Policy & Research Forum on 25 February 2021. This forum was led by the Australian Antarctic Division's Territories, Environment and Treaties team and aimed at bridging the gaps that exists between the Antarctic science and policy arenas, by fostering productive conversations between policy-experts, end users and scientists.