Lisa Alexander
Associate Professor Lisa Alexander
Field of Research: 
Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes); Climate Change Processes; Meteorology
Contact details:
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 8954
Office: 

Room 463
Mathews Building (F23)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Variability and driving mechanisms of climate extremes especially understanding changes in the intensity, frequency and duration of heavy precipitation

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/associate-professor-lisa-victoria-alexander

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Has rainfall become more variable or extreme? (DP160103439)

 

IN THE MEDIA

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4503317.htm

http://www.ecoshock.net/downloads/ES_LAlexander.mp3

 

See also:

http://www.climatescience.org.au/staff/profile/lalexander

www.climdex.org

           

Research Team

Dr Margot Bador (Research Associate)

James Goldie (PhD candidate) – Effect of humidity on hospital admission rates across climatic zones

Stefan Contractor (PhD candidate) – Is rainfall becoming more variable or extreme?

Mia Gross (PhD candidate) – Is temperature becoming more extreme? A comprehensive assessment of the variability of temperature extremes

Duarte Costa (PhD candidate) – The combined effect of changes in global climate and local land cover in aggravating heatwave characteristics in Brazil

 

PAST RESEARCH STUDENTS

Andrew King (PhD, 2015) – An investigation into extreme rainfall variability in Australia

Acacia Pepler (PhD, 2017) – The influences on Australian East Coast Lows in present and future climates

Tanya Lippmann (Honours, 2012) – Natural and anthropogenic drivers of Australian temperature extremes, simulated over the last millennium

James Goldie (Honours, 2014) - Observed humidity and hospital morbidity near Darwin, Australia

Mia Gross (Honours, 2015) - Sector-specific impacts of heat extremes in New South Wales, Australia

Kate Simmonds (Honours, 2017) - The influence of sea surface temperature variability on climate extremes in observations and models

 

Teaching

CLIM3001  (Course Coordinator)

GEOS2711 (Lecturer)

CLIM1001 (Guest Lecturer)

 

Publications

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/associate-professor-lisa-victoria-alexander/publications?type=journalarticles

Some recent publications:-

Alexander LV;Arblaster JM, 2017, 'Historical and projected trends in temperature and precipitation extremes in Australia in observations and CMIP5', Weather and Climate Extremes, vol. 15, pp. 34 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2017.02.001

Alexander LV, 2016, 'Global observed long-term changes in temperature and precipitation extremes: A review of progress and limitations in IPCC assessments and beyond', Weather and Climate Extremes, vol. 11, pp. 4 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2015.10.007

Angélil O;Stone D;Perkins-Kirkpatrick S;Alexander LV;Wehner M;Shiogama H;Wolski P;Ciavarella A;Christidis N, 2017, 'On the nonlinearity of spatial scales in extreme weather attribution statements', Climate Dynamics, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00382-017-3768-9

Bao J;Sherwood SC;Alexander LV;Evans JP, 2017, 'Future increases in extreme precipitation exceed observed scaling rates', Nature Climate Change, vol. 7, pp. 128 - 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3201

Donat MG;Lowry AL;Alexander LV;O’Gorman PA;Maher N, 2016, 'More extreme precipitation in the world’s dry and wet regions', Nature Climate Change, vol. 6, pp. 508 - 513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2941

Gibson PB;Perkins-Kirkpatrick SE;Uotila P;Pepler AS;Alexander LV, 2017, 'On the use of self-organizing maps for studying climate extremes', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 122, pp. 3891 - 3903, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016JD026256

Goldie J;Alexander L;Lewis SC;Sherwood SC;Bambrick H, 2017, 'Changes in relative fit of human heat stress indices to cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal hospitalizations across five Australian urban populations', International Journal of Biometeorology, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-017-1451-9

Gross MH;Donat MG;Alexander LV;Sisson SA, 2018, 'The sensitivity of daily temperature variability and extremes to dataset choice', Journal of Climate, vol. 31, pp. 1337 - 1359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0243.1

Herold N;Behrangi A;Alexander LV, 2017, 'Large uncertainties in observed daily precipitation extremes over land', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 122, pp. 668 - 681, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016JD025842

Hobday AJ;Alexander LV;Perkins SE;Smale DA;Straub SC;Oliver EC J;Benthuysen JA;Burrows MT;Donat MG;Feng M;Holbrook NJ;Moore PJ;Scannell HA;Sen Gupta A;Wernberg T, 2016, 'A hierarchical approach to defining marine heatwaves', Progress in Oceanography, vol. 141, pp. 227 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2015.12.014

Loughran TF;Perkins-Kirkpatrick SE;Alexander LV;Pitman AJ, 2017, 'No significant difference between Australian heat wave impacts of Modoki and eastern Pacific El Niño', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 44, pp. 5150 - 5157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017GL073231

Pepler AS;Alexander LV;Evans JP;Sherwood SC, 2017, 'The influence of topography on midlatitude cyclones on Australia's east coast', Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol. 122, pp. 9173 - 9184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017JD027345