Physical mechanisms responsible for stable isotope ratios in precipitation over southeast Australia

Grant number: DP0343020

Abstract

The project will identify the physical mechanisms which determine the stable isotopic content (specifically of 18O and deuterium) in southeast Australian precipitation events. An aim is to deduce, in a physically-based manner, relevant weather and climate information from the isotopic signals. The research will be founded on a comprehensive analysis of the three dimensional atmospheric structure in the period leading up to the precipitation events, and on the innovative use of a coupled atmosphere-ocean model which can account for much of the physical complexity of the relevant processes.

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