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Natural hazards in Australia: floods


Johnson, F and White, CJ and van Dijk, A and Ekstrom, M and Evans, JP and Jakob, D and Kiem, AS and Leonard, M and Rouillard, A and Westra, S, Natural hazards in Australia: floods, Climatic Change, 139, (1) pp. 21-35. ISSN 0165-0009 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1689-y


Floods are caused by a number of interacting factors, making it remarkably difficult to explain changes in flood hazard. This paper reviews the current understanding of historical trends and variability in flood hazard across Australia. Links between flood and rainfall trends cannot be made due to the influence of climate processes over a number of spatial and temporal scales as well as landscape changes that affect the catchment response. There are also still considerable uncertainties in future rainfall projections, particularly for sub-daily extreme rainfall events. This is in addition to the inherent uncertainty in hydrological modelling such as antecedent conditions and feedback mechanisms.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:floods, extreme rainfall, hydrology, climatology, climate change
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Hydrology
Research Field:Surface water hydrology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:White, CJ (Dr Chris White)
ID Code:108988
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:61
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-05-16
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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