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Lirongtuo Xin

Masters student

School of Earth Sciences
University of Melbourne


Lirongtuo Xin is currently a student in the Master of Environment of the University of Melbourne. Graduated in Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) of China, he got a bachelor's degree in Natural Science, majoring in Atmospheric Science in 2019. He enrolled in Unimelb in Feb 2020, and is currently taking a research project to investigate the relationship between Australian monsoon rainfall, Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) and ENSO types, supervised by Josephine Brown. His personal interest includes atmospheric circulation, climate oscillations, climate classifications, and mesoscale meteorology.

THESIS: Relationship of Northern Australian monsoon rainfall with IPO and two types of ENSO (EP and CP)

The research project will contribute to understanding drivers of variability in northern Australian monsoon rainfall, including recent trends towards increased rainfall in the northwest. We will examine the influence of different types of ENSO events and decadal variability on monsoon rainfall including onset and duration of the monsoon in observations and possibly in CMIP6 models (if time). Variability in Australian monsoon rainfall is closely linked to changes in a range of climate extremes including drought, floods and bushfires, therefore a better understanding of this variability will provide a context for understanding trends and variability in these extremes.