Using the real-time mulitvariate Madden Julian oscillation indices to predict rainfall in Queensland

Donald, Alexis and Ribbe, Joachim and Stone, Roger C. and Wheeler, Matthew and Meinke, Holger and Harris, Graham and Power, Brendan (2003) Using the real-time mulitvariate Madden Julian oscillation indices to predict rainfall in Queensland. In: 7th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography 2003: Southern Ocean Weather and Climate Variability: Regional and Global Effects, 24-28 Mar 2003, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Madden Julian Oscillations (MJO) are large-scale, tropical atmospheric anomalies, originating in the Indian Ocean, and propagating eastward. An intraseasonal phenomenon, the MJO has a timescale ranging from about 30 to 60 days, with a
frequency of 6 to 12 events per year. In its active phase, the MJO is associated with convection and rainfall. There is evidence to suggest that the MJO is closely correlated with rainfall events of northern Australia. The project investigates the spatial extent, and seeks to better define the influence of the MJO on rainfall in Queensland. Queensland rainfall data was analysed for underlying spatial and temporal patterns, utilising the Real-Time Multivariate MJO Index developed by the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre. Correlations were identified between rainfall events in Queensland and the location of the active phase of the Madden Julian Oscillation, as defined by the Real-Time Multivariate MJO Index.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Poster presentation. Abstract only available. No evidence of copyright restrictions on web site.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:40
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 05:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate variability; Madden Julian Oscillation; forecasting; rainfall prediction; Queensland
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040605 Palaeoclimatology
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040107 Meteorology
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960203 Weather

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