How ice, trees and computers may reveal the future of Aust drought

Dr Ailie Gallant

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Monash University

Ailie has always been fascinated by extreme weather events and climate phenomenon. She spent much of her undergraduate years as a storm-chasing weather geek and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2009 with her study of trends in Australian climate extremes. She then pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Melbourne and the University of Washington examining climate extremes, variability and climate change in the Southern Hemisphere.

An important aspect of Ailie’s research has focused on identifying droughts using biological and chemical evidence obtained from trees, coral and ice cores. Aided by complex climate models, these studies have contributed to a more detailed understanding of the history of drought in Australia. So, is it still valid to say that Australia is a land of drought and flooding rains and can this information be used to reveal more about drought in a future of human-induced climate change?

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