Journal article

Sensitivity of the orographic precipitation across the Australian Snowy Mountains to regional climate indices

Fahimeh Sarmadi, Yi Huang, Steven T Siems, Michael J Manton

Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019


The wintertime (May–October) precipitation across south-eastern Australia, and the Snowy Mountains, was studied for 22 years (1995–2016) to explore the sensitivity of the relationships between six established climate indices and the precipitation to the orography, both regionally and locally in high-elevation areas. The high-elevation (above 1100 m) precipitation records were provided by an independent network of rain gauges maintained by Snowy Hydro Ltd. These observations were compared with the Australian Water Availability Project (AWAP) precipitation analysis, a commonly used gridded nationwide product. As the AWAP analysis does not incorporate any high-elevation sites, it is unable to c..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Funding Acknowledgements

This study is supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP160101494. We are grateful to Snowy Hydro Ltd. for providing the precipitation data for the Snowy Mountains. This research did not receive any specific funding.