Recent changes in Victorian rainfall and runoff

Read the wrap up article from the last Water Security Series event or watch the video Water Security Series: Recent changes to Victorian rainfall and runoff: findings and implications held on Wednesday 15 July 2020.


Geoff Steendam, DELWP, Water and Catchments

Geoff manages the Hydrology and Climate Science team in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The team invests in a range of water and climate research activities, including the Victorian Water and Climate Initiative, and works with the Victorian water sector to help access and apply the science. Geoff has a hydrology and water resource planning background, having previously worked for science and engineering consulting firms in Australia and the UK prior to working in the department for the past 15 years.

Dr Pandora Hope, Bureau of Meteorology, Research

Dr Pandora Hope is a Principal Research Scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology. Her research is focussed on understanding the drivers of climate extremes, variability and change from a weather perspective. She is particularly interested in Southern Australian rainfall change, a region where the signal of climate change is consistent across global climate models.

Dr Tim Peterson, Monash University, Civil Engineering

Dr Tim Peterson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University. His research focuses on using observational data to quantitatively understand socially relevant long term change in groundwater and streamflow, including hydrological resilience, and the development of tools to allow others to identify such changes.

Dr Margarita Saft, Melbourne University, Infrastructure Engineering

Dr Margarita Saft is a Research Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on long-term changes in catchment functioning, shifts in rainfall-runoff response associated with long droughts and its implications for hydrological modelling, and impact of subsurface processes on runoff generation. Prior to the PhD she worked as environmental consultant on major oil & gas, mining, and infrastructure projects.

Dr Murray Peel, Chair, Melbourne University, Infrastructure Engineering

Dr Murray Peel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include: catchment hydrology; hydroclimatology; understanding the drivers of inter-annual variability of annual precipitation and runoff around the world; understanding and modelling the hydrologic impacts of land use change; understanding and modelling the hydrologic impacts of climate change and the uncertainty around those projections; improving hydrologic modelling under changing conditions; and drawing hydroclimatology insights from palaeoclimatology information.