webinar register page

Amplification of risks to Melbourne's water supply at 1.5°C and 2°C
Human-induced climate change poses a major threat to the reliable water supply in many highly populated regions. Dr. Ben Henley will discuss research that evaluates risks to the water supply under projected shifts in the climate at the Paris Agreement warming levels.

Modelling the primary surface water sources for Melbourne, Australia, the research projects that the risk of severe water supply shortage to the climate-dependent portion of the system increases substantially as global warming increases from 1.5 °C to 2.0 °C. Risks are further exacerbated by increases in water demand but substantially ameliorated by supply augmentation from desalination. It is demonstrated that reductions in precipitation, rising temperature and growth in water demand combine to substantially amplify the risk of severe water supply shortage under near-term global warming in the absence of a climate-independent supply. This risk amplification is not as apparent in assessments based on meteorological drought alone.
With the diminishing opportunity of meeting the 1.5 °C Paris target, the study highlights the need to accelerate greenhouse gas mitigation efforts to reduce risks to climate dependent water supply systems.
About the speaker

Dr Ben Henley is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Lecturer at Monash University, Consultant in climate and water, and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Dr Henley has worked in both academia and industry investigating hydroclimatic variability and water resource system performance, undertaking hydrological modelling underpinning major water planning decisions. Dr Henley lectures in Palaeoclimatology and Future Climates. Dr Henley’s research includes advances in the areas of: decadal climate variability, the El Niño Southern Oscillation, the climate of the past 2000 years, evaluation of climate models, hydrological modelling, and the context and impacts of anthropogenic climate change.

Dec 4, 2019 11:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Webinar is over, you cannot register now. If you have any questions, please contact Webinar host: ClimateEnergy College.