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VicDRIP is an Australian Research Council Linkage Project between the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Melbourne Water, The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Bureau of Meteorology. This interdisciplinary project, “Megadrought likelihood and its water resource impacts in Australia” (LP150100062), assembles a team of leading hydrologists, climate scientists and water managers to investigate the history and future risk of decadal to multidecadal droughts, or megadroughts.
Despite Australia’s vulnerability to water scarcity, the likelihood and impacts of persistent megadroughts has not been comprehensively assessed in Australia. This has resulted in an inadequate capacity to prepare for and adapt to megadrought under climate change. This project uses the latest palaeoclimate reconstructions, observations and climate change projections to characterise hydroclimatic variability, advancing the decision-making capacity of Australian water resource managers.