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Researcher: Vance, TR (Dr Tessa Vance)

Fields of Research

Glaciology
Palaeoclimatology
Climate change processes
Surface water hydrology
Water resources engineering
Natural hazards
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Atmospheric dynamics
Applied statistics
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Microbial ecology
Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
Climatology
Separation science
Geothermics and radiometrics
Geodynamics
Quaternary environments

Research Objectives

Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Natural hazards
Terrestrial systems and management
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Climate change models
Water policy (incl. water allocation)
Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
Understanding climate change
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Meteorological hazards (e.g. cyclones and storms)
Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts)
Water services and utilities

Career Best Publications

A Millennial Proxy Record of ENSO and Eastern Australian Rainfall from the Law Dome Ice Core, East Antarctica; Journal of Climate
An ice core derived 1013-year catchment-scale annual rainfall reconstruction in subtropical eastern Australia; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
Assessing recent trends in high-latitude Southern Hemisphere surface climate; Nature Climate Change
Biological responses to the press and pulse of climate trends and extreme events; Nature Climate Change
Inter-hemispheric temperature variability over the past millennium; Nature Climate Change
Interdecadal Pacific variability and eastern Australian megadroughts over the last millennium; Geophysical Research Letters
Learning from the past - using palaeoclimate data to better understand and manage drought in South East Queensland (SEQ), Australia; Journal Hydrology: Regional Studies
Links between large-scale modes of climate variability and synoptic weather patterns in the southern Indian Ocean; Journal of Climate

Research Publications

1000 year old ice core history allows new drought risk scenarios
A 2000-year annual record of snow accumulation rates for Law Dome, East Antarctica; Climate of the Past
A high resolution SOI proxy from the Law Dome ice core; International Union of Geodosy & Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly
A Millennial Proxy Record of ENSO and Eastern Australian Rainfall from the Law Dome Ice Core, East Antarctica; Journal of Climate
A new direction for Antarctic ice cores: reconstructing Pacific decadal variability and Australian drought history from the Law Dome ice core; European Geophysical Union Conference 2015
An ice core derived 1013-year catchment-scale annual rainfall reconstruction in subtropical eastern Australia; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
An independently dated 2000-yr volcanic record from Law Dome, East Antarctica, including a new perspective on the dating of the 1450s CE eruption of Kuwae, Vanuatu; Climate of the Past
Antarctic ice confirms we've had a dry spell - for a century
Antarctic ice core study reveals Australia's 39 year mega drought
Antarctic ice sheds light on big dry
Antarctic ice shows millennium drought par for the climate course
Antarctic slush-ice algal accumulation not quantified through conventional satellite imagery: beware the ice of March; The Cryosphere Discussions
Assessing recent trends in high-latitude Southern Hemisphere surface climate; Nature Climate Change
Big Dry
Biological responses to the press and pulse of climate trends and extreme events; Nature Climate Change
Climate modes reflected in seasonal sea salt deposition in the Law Dome ice core, East Antarctica; AMOS National Conference 2014
Cold, hard facts on rain
Comment on ‘Drought variability in the eastern Australia and New Zealand summer drought atlas (ANZDA, CE 1500–2012) modulated by the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation’; Environmental Research Letters
Comparing instrumental, palaeoclimate, and projected rainfall data: implications for water resources management and hydrological modelling; Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies
Comparison of published palaeoclimate records suitable for reconstructing annual to sub-decadal hydroclimatic variability in eastern Australia: implications for water resource management and planning; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
Continuous flow analysis of the Mount Brown South ice core; EGU General Assembly 2021
Correlation confidence limits for unevenly sampled data; Computers and Geosciences
Effect of UVR on biogenic sulfur production by Antarctic marine microbes; Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research XXIX Science Meeting
El Niño Southern Oscillation signal in a new East Antarctic ice core, Mount Brown South; Climate of the Past Discussions
Estimate of sea salt sources to Antarctica: An alternative interpretation of the EPICA sea salt record?; European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2008
Exploring the Relationships of Sea Ice Proxies in East Antarctica; SCAR 2020 Antarctic Science - Global Connections Conference
Ice core and climate reanalysis analogs to predict Antarctic and Southern Hemisphere climate changes; Quaternary Science Reviews
Ice core proxy of Antarctic sea-ice extent; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Ice core study finds regular long dry spells
Inter-hemispheric temperature variability over the past millennium; Nature Climate Change
Interdecadal Pacific variability and eastern Australian megadroughts over the last millennium; Geophysical Research Letters
Learning from the past - using palaeoclimate data to better understand and manage drought in South East Queensland (SEQ), Australia; Journal Hydrology: Regional Studies
Links between large-scale modes of climate variability and synoptic weather patterns in the southern Indian Ocean; Journal of Climate
Methanesulphonic acid loss during ice-core storage: recommendations based on a new diffusion coefficient; Journal of Glaciology
New evidence of a spring source of DMS at high latitudes; SOLAS Open Science Conference 2009
Optimal site selection for a high-resolution ice core record in East Antarctica; Climate of the Past
Preservation of methanesulphonic acid in frozen ice-core samples; Journal of Glaciology
Proxy records of El Niño-Southern Oscillation and East Australian rainfall from the Law Dome ice core, East Antarctica; International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS)
Proxy Records of El Niño-Southern Oscillation and East Australian Rainfall from the Law Dome Ice Core, East Antarctica; International Polar Year 2012: From Knowledge to Action Conference
Rapid DMSP production by an Antarctic phytoplankton community exposed to natural surface irradiances in late spring; Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Reconciling unevenly sampled paleoclimate proxies: a Gaussian kernel correlation multiproxy reconstruction; Journal of Environmental Informatics
Reconstructing pre-instrumental streamflow in Eastern Australia using a water balance approach; Journal of Hydrology
Reconstructions of the southern annular mode (SAM) during the last millennium; Progress in Physical Geography
Scientists on tour to convince farmers climate change is real
Sea-ice-related halogen enrichment at Law Dome, coastal East Antarctica; Climate of the Past
The Law Dome MSA sea ice proxy record: analysis of modern satellite data and re-examination of archival satellite imagery; International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences 2nd Open Science Conference 2016
Using the latest paleoclimate insights to better quantify the risk of low probability, high impact floods and hydrological droughts – how robust are existing water resource management and supply systems in eastern Australia?; European Geophysical Union Conference 2015

Research Projects

2012: International Polar Year Conference (IPY2012), Canada; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Equator to Pole: Reconstructing tropical and Antarctic climate variability over the last millennium and their impacts on southern Australian rainfall; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Flooding in Australia: are we properly prepared for how bad it can get?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Identifying Lake Macquarie City's climate history for improved future planning; Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCC)
IPICS 2k ice core array: Filling the climatological gap of the Indian Ocean sector from Wilhelm II Land; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
The real big Dry: Calculating long-term drought risk for eastern Australia from high-resolution palaeoclimate records; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Learning from the past - incorporating palaeoclimate data into water security planning and decision making

Research Candidate Supervision