Special Issue Publications of the Climate Change Research Group – Media Releases

26 Aug

Recently a special issue of the Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science (JSHESS) was published that focuses on the Eastern Seaboard Climate Change Initiative (ESCCI) East Coast Low (ECL) projects (http://climatechange.environment.nsw.gov.au/Impacts-of-climate-change/East-Coast-Lows/Eastern-Seaboard-Climate-Change-Initiative).

There are seven papers in the special issue, covering a broad range of topics.

Danielle Verdon-Kidd and her colleagues look back at the Pasha Bulker storm and reflect on the scale of the impacts, as well as issues for future flood planning, such as improved education about the dangers of entering floodwaters.

ESCCI is a government/industry/ARC funded program that the Newcastle University has been involved in since ~2010. As such there are 4 papers (attached) in this ESCCI special issue that are led by researchers from UON, who worked mostly on ESCCI-ECL Project 5 which focuses on the relationship between ECLS and water security along the heavily populated eastern seaboard of Australia.

The work in the Special Issue is summarised in this Conversation article which also came out recently: https://theconversation.com/nine-years-after-the-pasha-bulker-storm-were-finally-getting-a-handle-on-east-coast-lows-63510.

The ESCCI-East Coast Lows Program is a suite of research projects established in 2010. The research aims to improve our understanding of past, current and future East Coast Lows (ECLs) and assess how they influence extreme rainfall, coastal processes and water security.

The program is funded through the NSW Environmental Trust, the partner organisations, the NSW Department of Finance and Services, Hunter Water Corporation and was supported under an Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project.

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