Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Group


Water is a critical component of environmental sustainability. Changes in long-term water availability and variability around average conditions are of considerable environmental and economic significance. Research in hydroclimatology focuses on improving our understanding of the hydroclimatic system as a whole, with particular emphasis on current and likely future changes in variability. Recent dry spells in South-Western and South-Eastern Australia starkly demonstrate the impact of hydroclimatic variability and potentially of climate change on the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of Australia.

The inter-disciplinary expertise within the group centres on:

  • physical drivers of inter-annual hydroclimatic variability
  • global hydrology
  • stochastic hydrology
  • climate change impacts on hydrologic variables
  • time series analysis of hydroclimatic variability across different time scales
  • interactions between catchment vegetation and runoff.

Insights and tools developed from this research facilitate informed decision-making and environmentally sustainable management of natural and managed systems within the context of hydroclimatic variability and climate change.

Peel MC, Finlayson BL & McMahon TA (2007), Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1633–1644

Further Information

Dr Murray Peel

The Department of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia

T: +61 3 8344 5627
F: +61 3 8344 6215