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Sean Watt

Honours student

Climate Change Research Centre
University of New South Wales


Sean completed a double degree at Macquarie University with majors in economics and climate science in 2013. Since then, he spent four years working at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in air pollution science and energy efficiency project management. While still holding an interest in economics, Sean has decided to pursue his interest in climate science further by trying to better understand extreme East Coast Lows in the Sydney region. Sean also has slightly more normal hobbies like trail running and too much coffee.

THESIS: What is the origin of the most extreme East Coast Lows (ECLs) hitting the Sydney region?

Studying the origin of the most extreme East Coast Lows that hit Sydney will assist in transforming our understanding of current climate extremes by helping to determine the types East Coast Lows that become the most damaging systems, and why that is the case. This will also potentially help forecasters to better understand which ECLs are more likely to become extreme storms, and this could help to provide greater lead times for forecasters to provide to the public to ensure maximum protection is applied to both life and property.