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Ms Pavan Harika Raavi

PhD Student

The University of Melbourne


Harika started her PhD at the University of Melbourne in September 2016. Her research aims at understanding the link between different climate variables and Tropical Cyclone formation. She completed her bachelor degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Andhra University Engineering College, India in 2013 and a Master’s degree in Earth System Science and Technology at Indian Institute of Science and Technology (IIT KGP, India) in 2016. In her Master’s project, she studied the Upper Ocean Hydrographic features during the passage of Tropical Cyclones using observational data.

THESIS: The relationship between climate and mechanisms of tropical cyclone formation

Tropical cyclones (TCs) are one of the most devastating extreme events, which are being intensified by an increase in sea surface temperatures due to climate change. The Australian TC records have shown that intense TCs have caused significant damages to different cities across the nation. The destructive impacts due to TCs include extreme rainfall, severe winds, storm surges and high waves causing damage to both natural and human communities. ​As the human population is increasing on the coastal areas, there are growing concerns about the future changes in the TC activity in terms of annual frequency and intensity. In order to increase the community safety and reduce the huge economic loss by these TCs it is therefore important to understand the behaviour of these events by using the dynamical and statistical methods.