[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT140100286]
Researchers Dr Helen McGregor
Brief description El Niño and La Niña events have a profound influence on Australian drought conditions and rainfall. Forecasting is hampered by short climate records, which do not capture the full range of El Niño dynamics. This project will generate records of unprecedented length and spatial coverage from key sites across the western and central equatorial Pacific. 500 years of continuous, monthly-resolution climate data will be integrated with output from state-of-the-art climate model simulations to distil the key processes that cause El Niño to vary. This project will be a major advance in determining the full range of El Niño and La Niña behaviour, leading to improved forecasts of future changes, with consequences for Australia's water security.
Funding Amount $771,360
Funding Scheme Future Fellowships