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Ruby Lieber

PhD student

School of Earth Sciences
University of Melbourne

rlieber@student.unimelb.edu.au

Biography

Ruby completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Climate and Weather in 2018 before graduating from the Master of Environment with a specialisation in Climate Change in 2020 from the University of Melbourne. Her masters thesis, titled "Future Changes to the Australian Rainfall-ENSO Teleconnection", focused on assessing changes in spring rainfall over eastern Australia under climate change. Ruby started her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2021 and is continuing to study ENSO teleconnections. The aim of her research is to produce a global synthesis of the projected impacts of ENSO on extremes, highlighting key regions of vulnerability.

THESIS: Mapping Future Vulnerabilities to Impacts of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the world’s greatest sources of climate variability. ENSO can have a profound impact on the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as droughts and floods. Many regions of the world, including Australia, are projected to experience increased ENSO-driven variability which can increase exposure to drought and flood and heighten physical vulnerability to stressors such as water scarcity. To date there has been a limited amount of research on the relationship between ENSO and extremes and the projected changes to ENSO teleconnections under global warming. Understanding how ENSO events may impact the frequency and intensity of extremes in the future, and identifying key regions of vulnerability to these impacts, can help with disaster risk planning and climate change adaptation efforts.