Slezak, Michael: Historical rainfall record shows water management flawed

Slezak, Michael

Water management flawed owing to vastly underestimated drought risk, study finds‘, Guardian Australia, 11 May 2016 updated

Drought and flood risk in New South Wales is vastly underestimated, with weather in the past 100 years being unusually stable [relatively mild wet and dry periods], according to a detailed reconstruction of rainfall over a NSW catchment for the past 1,000 years.

This has important implications for drought and water management policies. A recent related series from the ABC includes personal anecdotes about water management and rivers. Did climate change contribute to the wild storms of June 2016? The history of deaths by drowning in floods.

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