Agus Santoso

five people ride in on overloaded tinny through flood waters and rain

By following moisture from the oceans to the land, researchers worked out exactly how three oceans conspire to deliver deluges of rain to eastern Australia.

Sandbags protect a local business as flood water washes by

UNSW experts available to comment on flooding and record rain across NSW and Queensland.

la nina

After one La Niña, the Pacific sometimes retains cool water which enables a second La Niña to form.

Dark gray-blue storm clouds. La nina and superstorm concept.

UNSW has a range of experts available to comment on La Niña.

Avalon rock pool in Sydney in stormy weather

With La Niña prolonging the wet season, there is an increased risk of flooding along the north, east and southeast regions.

El Niño

The coming El Niño and La Niña double bill could be the strongest since 1998, affecting a vast swathe of the planet from Africa, through Australasia and all the way to the Americas, write Wenju Cai, Agus Santoso and Guojian Wang.

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When a positive Indian Ocean dipole is coupled with an El Niño event, rainfall decreases dramatically across Australia, and such an event could be on the way, write Agus Santoso and Wenju Cai.

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It is only May and summer is seven months away, but climate researchers are seeing the beginnings of what could be the most powerful El Niño  event in close to two decades.

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Unusual El Niños, like those that led to the extraordinary super El Niño years of 1982 and 1997, will occur twice as often under even modest global warming scenarios.

Eureka 2008 winners inside

UNSW researchers have claimed an unprecedented six awards in the 2008 Eureka Prizes, the strongest showing by any institution in the 19-year history of the awards.