Artwork by John Longstaff depicting a fire in the Gippsland region (1898). Image courtesy the State Library of Victoria.

Understanding why Australia’s extreme events are becoming more frequent and intense

The year 2019 was Australia’s hottest and driest year on record. These two factors combined to create the worst bushfire and drought conditions since the Bureau of Meteorology's daily weather observations began in 1910. After the record-shattering year that the country has just experienced, our team attended the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society annual meeting and international conference in Fremantle, WA, in February this year. ...

El Nino influenced Australian identity

Extreme weather events linked to El Nino Southern Oscillation played a hand in shaping the culture of modern Australia according to a new book chapter by climate historian Don Garden. The chapter examines the social, political and cultural significance of The Federation Drought, which has been linked to a series of strong El Nino events. … Continue reading El Nino influenced Australian identity

SEARCH PhD student awarded NLA Summer Scholarship

SEARCH project PhD student Claire Fenby has been awarded a National Library of Australia Summer Scholarship for 2011. Claire is the recipient of the annual Norman McCann scholarship, awarded for research into Australian History. She will be based at the NLA from 4 January to 12 February 2011 to conduct a cross-regional study of south-eastern … Continue reading SEARCH PhD student awarded NLA Summer Scholarship

Old Weather project online and in the news

A groundbreaking citizen science project, led by SEARCH project partners the UK Met Office, has attracted thousands of volunteers and made international headlines. Old Weather is an online volunteer project aiming to digitise ship logs from WWI Royal Navy vessels, in order to gain a clearer picture of worldwide weather events at the time. The … Continue reading Old Weather project online and in the news

Positive review for environmental history book

An environmental history book by SEARCH Project historian Don Garden has received a great review in the latest issue of New Zealand Geographer. Tom Brooking from the University of Otago's Department of History provides a positive assessment of Droughts, Floods and Cyclones: El Niños that shaped our colonial past, praising the author's "impeccable scholarship and … Continue reading Positive review for environmental history book

State Library of Victoria profiles Climate History project

The SEARCH project has been featured in The State Library of Victoria's News magazine for July - October. Project PhD candidate Claire Fenby details some of the valuable historical documentary resources she has been making use of during her research at the State Library of Victoria. A copy of her article is available for download … Continue reading State Library of Victoria profiles Climate History project

Public Talk: Finding early weather data for central NSW

University of Melbourne Federation Fellow, Professor David Karoly, will hold a public talk in Bathurst to outline the SEARCH project's landmark research into the climate history of south-eastern Australia. Professor Karoly will also be calling for assistance to identify local sources that may be of use to the project, such as early instrumental weather records … Continue reading Public Talk: Finding early weather data for central NSW

Salvaging sunken treasure

The State Library of New South Wales has published a feature on the SEARCH project in their quarterly SL Magazine. In the article, lead researcher Joelle Gergis describes how the project is drawing on the wealth of information available in the State Library of New South Wales' First Fleet journals collection. Download a PDF copy … Continue reading Salvaging sunken treasure