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.
Dr Murray Peel
The Department of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
T: +61 3 8344 5627
F: +61 3 8344 6215