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Multidecadal variability in coastal eastern Australian flood data


Micevski, T and Franks, SW and Kuczera, G, Multidecadal variability in coastal eastern Australian flood data, Journal of Hydrology, 327, (1-2) pp. 219- 225. ISSN 0022-1694 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.11.017


This study examines the applicability of the assumption in flood frequency analysis that flood peaks are independent and identically distributed. It investigates the effect and extent of multidecadal variability for mainly coastal, eastern Australian flood data. The Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) is a climate index which describes this long-term variability. The flood data were stratified by IPO value and flood frequency analyses performed. Analysis of the stratified flood distributions revealed that the IPO modulated the flood risk in New South Wales and southern Queensland, with flood quantiles being increased by a factor of approximately 1.7 during IPO negative periods, whereas little effect was detected for sites in north-east Queensland located approximately north of the Tropic of Capricorn. This IPO modulation of flood risk may be explained by multidecadal movements of regional convergence zones. Neglect of the IPO dependence on flood risk can lead to significant bias in long-run flood risk.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:flood risk variability frequency ENSO La Nina climate change rainfall PDO IPO
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Environmental engineering
Research Field:Air pollution modelling and control
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franks, SW (Professor Stewart Franks)
ID Code:86423
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:67
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-09-14
Last Modified:2014-02-21

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