Of course all this research would not be possible without a team of researchers (mostly postdocs & PhD students) to do the work. The team includes researchers that I supervise/co-supervise, often in collaboration with other faculty members of the Climate Change Research Centre, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and elsewhere.

You can also see the thesis topics of past students.

Postdocs

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Dr Chris Thomas
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Chris is running regional climate models at high resolution to improve our simulation of future climate including climate extremes.

Email: c.thomas@unsw.edu.au

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Sanaa Hobiechi
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Sanaa is working to improve our understanding of drought and how we can predict it.

Email: s.hobeichi@unsw.edu.au



Students

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Aditya Deshmukh
Ph.D. student

Aditya is examing how climate change is impacting coastal erosion on the Australian east coast.

Email:a.deshmukh@unsw.edu.au
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Alejandra Isaza Uribe
Ph.D. student

Alejandra is looking at climate change impacts on future solar energy production, particularly the role of changing aerosols.

Email:a.isaza@unsw.edu.au
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Hooman Ayat
Ph.D. student

Hooman is using weather radar and satellite data to quantify a variety of storm characteristics like intensity, size, shape, orientation, travel speed. He is investigating how these properties appear in different observing systems, how they have been changing in time and how they are related to temperature changes.

Email:h.ayat@unsw.edu.au
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Max Kulinich
Ph.D. student

Max is examing mathematical techniques to "optimally" combine simulations in climate model ensembles to provide the most informative projections.

Email:m.kulinich@student.unsw.edu.au
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Sandra Koenigseder
Ph.D. student

Sandra is examining changes in Alaskan glaciers over the last century.

Email:skk446@uowmail.edu.au
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Shukla Poddar
Ph.D. student

Shukla is studying how climate change will impact solar energy production in Australia. She is looking at how different aspects of the climate will impact the efficiency of individual solar cells.

Email:s.poddar@unsw.edu.au
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Youngil Kim
Ph.D. student

Youngil is working to improve methods used to correct Regional Climate Model boundary conditions before they are used to simulate the climate.

Email:youngil.kim@student.unsw.edu.au
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Tony Rafter
Ph.D. student

Tony is examining our ability to simulate short duration (minutes to hours) rainfall and how extremes at these durations might change in the future.

Email:Tony.Rafter@csiro.au


Past Postdocs

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Dr Annette Hirsch
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Annette is working on heatwaves: what causes them to intensify? What role does the land surface play? How will they change in a future warmer climate? She has worked previously worked on various land-atmosphere coupling problems.

Email:a.hirsch@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Giovanni Di Virgilio
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Giovanni is working on regional climate modeling and the study of climate change at regional scales. He has previously worked on the pollution implication of prescribed fires among other things.

Email:giovanni@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Adrian Barker
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Adrian is working on future climate change implications for city water demand.

Email:adrian.barker@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Alejandro di Luca
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Alejandro investigates regional climate modeling and the study of climate change at regional scales. He uses regional models to investigate the development of storm systems including the influence of local topography and sea surface temperatures.

Email: a.diluca@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Mark Decker
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Mark's research focuses on the land surface and its interaction with the atmosphere. Specifically his interests include using land models in conjunction with in-situ and remotely sensed measurements to study the impact of land processes on weather and climate, the development of land models focusing on improving the representation of the various physical processes, and the impact on climate due to both natural and anthropogenic changes in the land surface. Currently he is identifying regions in Australia where groundwater has a significant impact on climate through the use of models and remotely sensed data.

Email: m.decker@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Yi Liu
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Liu's research interest is in using satellite-based observations to investigate the hydrological cycle e.g., precipitation, evaporation, soil moisture, vegetation water content and ground´┐Żwater storage, for enhanced understanding of interactions between different hydrological components.

Email: yi.liu@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Hoori Ajami
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Hoori's main area of expertise is in Catchment Hydrology and Spatial Analysis, with experience in the areas of groundwater recharge, surface water-groundwater interactions, riparian evapotranspiration, and GIS custom application development for hydrological models. Current research interests also include application of integrated hydrological models to characterize surface water/groundwater/atmospheric interactions, assessing climate change impacts on groundwater recharge in mountainous catchments of semi-arid basins, and application of isotope and remote sensing data in characterizing hydrologic cycle.

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Dr Roman Olson
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Roman investigated regional climate modeling and the study of climate change at regional scales. His other research interests include climate parameter estimation based on model-data fusion, Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, internal climate variability, and Gaussian Process emulators.

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Dr Daniel Argueso
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Daniel investigated regional climate modeling and the study of climate change at regional scales. He uses regional models to generate high-resolution projections of climate change and explore its implications on precipitation and temperature, particularly in terms of extreme events.

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Dr Xianghong Meng
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Xianhong's research focused on the land-surface feedback to the atmosphere during the onset and development of drought.

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Dr Claire Carouge
Research Associate

Claire's research focused on coupling a land surface model with a regional atmospheric circulation model to better understand actual and future Australian climate at regional scales.

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Dr James Gilmore
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

James is interested in atmospheric physics--in particular, precipitation physics and how this relates to changes in climate. He uses cloud-resolving models to understand precipitation processes and extremes, with a focus on precipitation over Australia. His background is in theoretical physics, and he employs methods from this field in his research.



Past Students

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Sanaa Hobiechi
Ph.D. student

Sanaa developed and analyzed an optimised multi-data source surface water and energy cycle datasets.

Email: s.hobeichi@unsw.edu.au

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Arden Burrell
Ph.D. student

Arden is using a combination of satellite and climate data to monitor dryland degradation and desertification processes.

Email: arden.burrell@unsw.edu.au

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Xi Chen
Ph.D. student

Xi is comparing and combining the new satellite-based microwave obsservations with traditional optical observations, to see if it can help us better understand the dynamics of vegetation. In order to answer this question, bushfires in Australia, croplands in China and deforestation activities in tropical areas will be investigated.

Email: x.chen@student.unsw.edu.au

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Chris Thomas
Ph.D. student

Chris is investigating coupled atmosphere-fire phenomena and modelling.

Email:Christopher.Thomas@student.adfa.edu.au
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Chiara Holgate
Ph.D. student

Chiara is investigating the strength of the land-atmosphere coupling over Australia and its role in drought.

Email:Chiara.holgate@anu.edu.au
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Wasin Chaivaranont
Ph.D. student

Wasin is investigating the use of passive microwave remote sensing data to inform bushfire fuel and moisture estimates..

Email:z3304396@zmail.unsw.edu.au

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Acacia Pepler
Ph.D. student

Acacia is studying East Coast Lows, the physical mechanisms affecting their evolution, and their likely future changes due to global warming.

Email: acacia.pepler@gmail.com

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Ditiro Moalafhi
Ph.D. student

Ditiro is creating a regional climate reanalysis for Southern Africa for use in hydrology studies.

Email: d.moalafhi@studentunsw.edu.au

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Eytan Rocheta
Ph.D. student

Eytan is investigating the benefit of bias-correcting lateral boundary conditions for regional climate simulations.

Email: e.rocheta@student.unsw.edu.au

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Jingwan Li
Ph.D. student

Jingwan is exploring the climate change impact on Intensity-Frequency-Duration curves for design rainfall

Email: jingwan.li@student.unsw.edu.au

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Dr Yi Liu
Ph.D. Student

Yi's thesis was titled "Using Satellite Based Microwave Observations to Characterise Land Surface Hydrology."
Yi won the Malcolm Chaikin Prize for best PhD thesis in Engineering at UNSW for his thesis.

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Kat Bormann
Ph.D. Student

Kat's thesis was titled "Snowpack Characteristics And Modelling In The Marginal Snowfields Of Southeast Australia."

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Ali Ershadi Esmaeilabadi
Ph.D. student

Ali's thesis was titled "Evapotranspiration: Application, Scaling and Uncertainty."

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Hamish Clarke
Ph.D. student

Hamish's thesis was titled "The impact of climate change on bushfire weather conditions and fuel load."

 



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