Megadrought likelihood and its water resource impacts in Australia

  • Gallant, Ailie (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Gergis, Joelle (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Karoly, David John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Nathan, Rory (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Peel, Murray (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Steendam, Geoffrey (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Tan, Kim Seong (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This interdisciplinary project assembles a world class team of hydrologists, climate scientists and water managers to investigate the history and future risk of decadal to multidecadal droughts (megadroughts). Despite Australia's vulnerability to water scarcity, the likelihood of persistant mega droughts has not been assessed in Australia. This has resulted in inadequate capacity to prepare for and adapt to megadrought under future climate change. For the first time, palaeoclimate reconstructions and climate change projects will be used to constrain future hydroclimatic variability, advancing the decision-making capacity of leading Australian water resource managers.
Effective start/end date1/07/1530/10/20


  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) (Victoria): A$75,000.00
  • Melbourne Water Corporation (trading as Melbourne Water) (Victoria): A$90,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$387,041.00
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) (Australia)
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University – Internal School Contribution