Like rivers in the sky: the weather system bringing floods to Queensland will become more likely under climate change

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 22:39:47 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"The severe floods in southeast Queensland this week have forced hundreds of
residents to flee the town of Gympie and have cut off major roads, after
intense rain battered the state for several days. The rain is expected to
continue today, and travel south into New South Wales.

We research a weather system called “atmospheric rivers”, which is causing this
inundation. Indeed, atmospheric rivers triggered many of the world’s floods in
2021, including the devastating floods across eastern Australia in March which
killed two people and saw 24,000 evacuate.

Our recently published research was the first to quantify the impacts these
weather systems have in Australia, and another study we published in November
looked closely at the floods in March last year

We found while atmospheric rivers bring much-needed rainfall to the
agriculturally significant Murray-Darling Basin, their potential to bring
devastating floods will become more likely in a warmer world under climate

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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