Project description

Drought is one of the major natural hazards affecting Australia. Continuous drought conditions can significantly affect soil moisture and with this the ability of soil to absorb precipitation. As such, if a drought is terminated by extreme precipitation the risk of flash flooding is increased as less water is able to infiltrate into the dry soils.

This student project will determine the probability of a drought being terminated by an extreme precipitation event to assess the risk of drought-induced flooding. For this the student will assess observations, reanalysis data and results from a large climate model ensemble.

Requirements: Some prior programming experience (e.g. Python, MATLAB, R, etc.) or a willingness to learn.