Rainfall declines over Queensland from 1951-2007 and links to the subtropical ridge and the SAM

Cottrill, D. A. and Ribbe, J. (2010) Rainfall declines over Queensland from 1951-2007 and links to the subtropical ridge and the SAM. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 11 (1). ISSN 1755-1307

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Much of southern and eastern Australia including Queensland have experienced rainfall declines over recent decades affecting agricultural production and accelerating water infrastructure development. Rainfall declines from southern Australia have now been directly related to changes in the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and the subtropical ridge. In southern and coastal Queensland, the rainfall declines have occurred mostly in the austral summer and autumn. Observations from this region reveal the rainfall decline is correlated to an increase in the mean sea level pressure (MSLP) at many stations. The largest increases in MSLP are over southeast Queensland and coastal regions, where some of the largest rainfall eclines occur. This study indicates the subtropical ridge as one of the main factors in the rainfall decline over this region. SAM is also likely to be important, although its seasonal influence, apart from winter, is harder to determine.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Proceedings of the 17th National Conference of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society: Atmosphere, Oceans, Environment and Society, 27-29 Jan 2010, Canberra, Australia.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 23:43
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: Southern Annular Mode, Australian climate, mean sea level pressure, rainfall, Queensland
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040105 Climatology (excl.Climate Change Processes)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960202 Atmospheric Processes and Dynamics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/11/1/012037
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8275

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