August 18, 2021 | Published by | ,

Supervisors: Dr Steefan Contractor (s.contractor@unsw.edu.au), Prof Lisa Alexander (l.alexander@unsw.edu.au), Dr Markus Donat (markus.donat@bcs.es)

Extreme precipitation is expected to increase globally at around 6.5%/K as defined by the Clausius-Clapeyron (CC) relationship. However, this rate can vary spatially due to non-thermodynamic contributions. Due to the lack of appropriate historical datasets, quantification of shifts in global extreme precipitation intensity has not been possible so far. This project will use a recently developed long-term global dataset of daily precipitation alongside a dataset of global temperature changes to calculate the CC scaling for broad climatic regions across the globe.

Fig 1: Changes in the magnitude of daily and hourly rainfall for different definitions of extreme rainfall.

Location: UNSW Sydney

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