The Victorian Water and Climate Initiative supports research into the impact of climate change and climate variability on Victoria’s water resources. This includes three distinct but related research projects undertaken with the University of Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne are increasing understanding of where runoff rates across Victoria have reduced, and the reasons for the decline. The runoff response of many catchments across Victoria reduced significantly during the Millennium Drought, and many have still not recovered. The knowledge coming from this research will be useful for informing current and future water availability across Victoria.
Researchers from the Bureau of Meteorology are working to improve understanding of different weather types and their influence on rainfall. They will also look at ways to better characterise Victoria’s current climate, and the influence of tropical expansion on Victorian rainfall.
CSIRO researchers are developing improved methods for generating rainfall and streamflow projections for Victoria. This includes looking at approaches to better understand and communicate the range of future projections, which will help inform long-term climate change adaptation planning for the water sector.
Victorian Water and Climate Initiative Newsletters
- Newsletter 8 – May 2020
- Newsletter 7 – December 2019
- Newsletter 6 – October 2019
- Newsletter 5 – April 2019
- Newsletter 4 – November 2018
- Newsletter 3 – October 2018
- Newsletter 2 – September 2018
- Newsletter 1 – May 2018
In May of 2020, we launched the VicWaCI webinar series. These presentations highlight the range of research covered by the VicWaCI program, giving you up-to-date access to the latest research results in the lead up to the release of the VicWaCI Synthesis Report. Click below to watch or email HCS.Team@delwp.vic.gov.au to join our mailing list and be the first to hear about our upcoming presentations. The views and opinions expressed in these videos are those of the presenter. They do not necessarily reflect the department or its work.
These videos feature optional closed captions. Contact HCS.Team@delwp.vic.gov.au for webinar transcripts.
- A systems approach to understanding climate change impacts on water – Michelle Ho, CSIRO (27 May 2020)
- Which weather systems cause Victoria's weather, and how are they changing – Acacia Pepler, BOM (1 July 2020)
- Understanding downward shifts in the runoff relationships experienced during the Millennium Drought – Margarita Saft, University of Melbourne, and Tim Peterson, Monash University (29 July 2020)
- The weather systems that produce extreme rainfall in Victoria and how hourly rainfall intensity is changing – Luke Osburn, BOM (19 August 2020)
- The contribution of changing weather systems to the reduced streamflow response during the Millennium Drought – Peter van Rensch, BOM (26 August 2020)
- Defining a climate baseline: separating climate change from climate variability in recent rainfall – Surendra Rauniyar, BOM (16 September 2020)
- Hydroclimate projections and baselines informing the water sector in Victoria – Steve Charles, CSIRO (7 October 2020)
- We have completed our 2020 series of webinars. To be informed about future editions, please ask to be subscribed to our mailing list.
Victorian Water and Climate Initiative Fact Sheets
- What is VicWaCI: Download the VicWaCI introduction fact sheet (PDF, 1.2 MB) or accessible version (DOCX, 6.6 MB).
- Remember the Millennium Drought? Well, so do our rivers: Download Fact Sheet 1 – October 2018 (PDF, 269.8 KB) or accessible version (DOCX, 16.8 KB).
- Extreme rainfall: Download fact sheet 2 –October 2019 (PDF, 933.5 KB) or accessible version (DOCX, 20.5 KB).
- Email the Hydrology and Climate Science team: HCS.Team@delwp.vic.gov.au
Page last updated: 22/10/20