Flooding rains: Experts available for comment

UNSW Sydney experts available to comment on flooding and record rain.

Sandbags protect a local business as flood water washes by

The east coast has withstood two, and is now bearing the brunt of a third, La Niña. Photo: Shutterstock/Silken Photography

Flooding, record levels of rain and a third consecutive La Na have inundated eastern Australia. These experts from UNSW Science, Engineering and Medicine & Health are available for comment on the floods.

Dr Nina Ridder is a research associate in the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre. Dr Ridder can comment on the general atmospheric conditions during a La Niña, and how it is related to rainfall and flood risk in Australia. She has unique insights into the risk of preconditioned events caused by rain on saturated soils and the occurrence of multiple heavy rainfall events affecting the same region in close succession leading to floods that would not have occurred if the region hadn’t experienced above normal rainfall in previous seasons as seen in NSW in March and July this year. Contact: Lilly Matson, UNSW Science Press Officer, l.matson@unsw.edu.au, 0426 656 007

Dr Agus Santoso is a senior research associate at UNSW Science’s Climate Change Research Centre. Dr Santoso can discuss why La Niña happens, how it impacts on climate, e.g., this recent wet condition; and what the future holds for La Nina and El Nino. Contact: Lilly Matson, UNSW Science Press Officer, l.matson@unsw.edu.au, 0426 656 007

Dr Andrea Taschetto is a climate scientist and Associate Professor at UNSW Science’s Climate Change Research Centre, and a chief investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Dr Taschetto can discuss climate variability related to the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans (for example ENSO and IOD). Contact: Lilly Matson, UNSW Science Press Officer, l.matson@unsw.edu.au, 0426 656 007

Professor Ashish Sharma from the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering can comment on the flooding implications of La Niña. He is an engineering hydrologist whose research is focused on the impact of climate change and variability on hydrological practice, developing hydrological models, designing flood estimation and water resources management. Contact: a.sharma@unsw.edu.au.

Dr Amy Peden is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellow within the School of Population Health and a leading expert in drowning prevention including flood epidemiology, risk, prevention and response. Contact: a.peden@unsw.edu.au, 0432 644 318.