Precipitation in wintertime storms across Southeast Australia, Tasmania and the Southern Ocean

  • Siems, Steven (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Manton, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Carson, Gregory (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Ebert, Elizabeth (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Franklin, Charmaine (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Kenyon, Suzanne (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Peace, Andrew (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Protat, Alain (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This research will improve the numerical simulations of the wintertime precipitation across Southeast Australia, Tasmania and the Southern Ocean, which will directly improve water resource management. The research will employ the cloud microphysics, precipitation and thermodynamics observations from the partner organisations, together with available radar and satellite imagery to evaluate and improve the simulations. The clouds and precipitation over the Southern Ocean are known to be poorly simulated in climate models, which is also a consequence of their unique nature. They are highly pristine and experience strong wind shear in comparison to those of the Northern Hemisphere, both of which affect the formation of precipitation.
Effective start/end date3/01/1231/05/15


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$666,000.00
  • Snowy Hydro Ltd (Australia): A$300,000.00
  • Hydro Tasmania: A$300,000.00
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) (Victoria): A$75,000.00