Droughts, flooding rains and human security in a changing climate

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Droughts and floods contribute to food insecurity and famine, the spread of waterborne disease, and the loss of property and livelihood. Climate change will likely amplify drought-flood cycles, resulting in longer dry seasons, increasingly intense floods, and an overall unpredictability in rainfall patterns. In regions, like the Sahel, already affected by periodic drought and flooding this will have serious - and immediate - impacts on millions of people. This interdisciplinary project will use state-of-the-art climate observations and models within a human security framework to evaluate the impact of drought-flood cycles on the health, economy and environmental security of affected populations.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

Holds a first class Honours or research Masters Degree (or equivalent) in a quantitative subject such as mathematics, physics, atmospheric science, oceanography or computer science and/or an applied subject such as public health, epidemiology
High level of computer programming skills in Fortran and/or a high-level graphics language (e.g., Python, MATLAB, IDL, etc.)
Ability to handle large amounts of data including from diverse sources and formats
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to collaborate with others and to work effectively in a research team environment
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion
Desire or ability to configure and run dynamical and impact models
Interest in interdisciplinary climate change research and its potential impact on human security
Supervisory team
Lisa
Alexander

Science
Climate Change Research Centre
Donna
Green

Science
Climate Change Research Centre
Margot
Bador

Science
Climate Change Research Centre
l.alexander@unsw.edu.au