Australia has one of the most variable rainfall regimes in the world and is often described as the land of drought and flooding rain. As the atmosphere warms due to global warming and weather patterns change, rainfall variability is expected to further increase. However, the pattern and magnitude of rainfall changes over Australia remain unclear, including how robust the changes are at different levels of global warming and across different climate models. This project aims to improve our understanding of rainfall variability changes, which is crucial for projecting hydrological extremes including floods and drought with more confidence. 


In this project, the student will use observed rainfall products together with state-of-the-art climate projections from CMIP6 to quantify how rainfall variability is changing.

We’re looking for a student with:

  • Statistical skills
  • Some familiarity in, or a willingness to learn R, Python or similar programming language

Student benefits

  • Learning to manipulate large datasets including climate model outputs 
  • Enhancing data analysis skills
  • Eligibility to apply for ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes honours scholarship

Supervisors: Dr Anna Ukkola and Professor Steven Sherwood

Get involved

To learn more about this project, contact Dr Anna Ukkola and Professor Steven Sherwood