Articles | Volume 24, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5699–5712, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-5699-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5699–5712, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-5699-2020

Research article 29 Nov 2020

Research article | 29 Nov 2020

Comparison of published palaeoclimate records suitable for reconstructing annual to sub-decadal hydroclimatic variability in eastern Australia: implications for water resource management and planning

Anna L. Flack et al.

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Palaeoclimate information was analysed for eastern Australia to determine when (and where) there was agreement about the timing of wet and dry epochs in the pre-instrumental period (1000–1899). The results show that instrumental records (~1900–present) underestimate the full range of rainfall variability that has occurred. When coupled with projected impacts of climate change and growing demands, these results highlight major challenges for water resource management and infrastructure.