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Researcher: Franks, SW (Professor Stewart Franks)

Fields of Research

Environmental Engineering Modelling
Environmental Technologies
Surfacewater Hydrology
Environmental Engineering
Meteorology
Plant Physiology
Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
Natural Hazards
Climate Change Processes
Interdisciplinary Engineering
Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Environmental Engineering Design
Built Environment and Design
Environmental Science and Management
Software Engineering
Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering)
CAD/CAM Systems

Research Objectives

Land and Water Management of environments
Climate and Climate Change
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Natural Hazards in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
Forestry
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Water Allocation and Quantification
Command, Control and Communications
Emerging Defence Technologies
Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Natural Hazards

Career Best Publications

Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modeling: 2. Application; Water Resources Research
Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modelling: 1. Theory; Water Resources Research
Bayesian estimation of uncertainty in land surface-atmosphere flux predictions; Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres
Critical evaluation of parameter consistency and predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: A case study using Bayesian total error analysis; Water Resources Research
IAHS Decade on Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB), 2003–2012: Shaping an exciting future for the hydrological sciences; Hydrological Sciences Journal
Multi-decadal variability of flood risk; Geophysical Research Letters
Multidecadal variability of rainfall and streamflow: Eastern Australia; Water Resources Research
On constraining the predictions of a distributed model: The incorporation of fuzzy estimates of saturated areas into the calibration process; Water Resources Research
On the sensitivity of soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) schemes: equifinality and the problem of robust calibration; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Understanding predictive uncertainty in hydrologic modeling: The challenge of identifying input and structural errors; Water Resources Research

Research Publications

A new stochastic model for simulating daily solar radiation from sunshine hours; International Journal of Climatology
Accounting for uncertainty in cost benefit analysis: a generalised framework for natural hazard adaptation in the coastal zone; 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium
Assessing hydrological change: deterministic general circulation models or spurious solar correlation?; Hydrological Processes: An International Journal
Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modeling: 2. Application; Water Resources Research
Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modelling: 1. Theory; Water Resources Research
Bayesian estimation of uncertainty in land surface-atmosphere flux predictions; Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres
Biochar for Eucalyptus forestry plantations; XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: V International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture and International Symposium on Sustainable Management in the Urban Forest
Calibration of a land surface model using multiple data sets; Journal of Hydrology
Calibration of conceptual hydrological models revisited: 1. Overcoming numerical artefacts; Journal of Hydrology
Calibration of conceptual hydrological models revisited: 2. Improving optimisation and analysis; Journal of Hydrology
Climate change - In search of a signal
Climate variability and water security for power generation; Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change
Climate-informed stochastic hydrological modeling: Incorporating decadal-scale variability using paleo data; Water Resources Research
Critical evaluation of parameter consistency and predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: A case study using Bayesian total error analysis; Water Resources Research
Development of a diagnostic index to guide maintenance; American Water Works Association. Journal
Estimating extreme flood events – assumptions, uncertainty and error; IAHS Proceedings and Reports
Estimating urban flood risk – uncertainty in design criteria; IAHS Proceedings and Reports
Flood frequency censoring errors associated with daily-read flood observations; Water Resources Research
Flood risk in eastern Australia - climate variability and change; Applied Uncertainty Analysis for Flood Risk Management
Hydro-climatological variability in the Murray-Darling Basin; Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change
Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change; IAHS Press
IAHS Decade on Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB), 2003–2012: Shaping an exciting future for the hydrological sciences; Hydrological Sciences Journal
Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability and winter rainfall: Eastern Australia; Water Resources Research
Influence of Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability on southwest Western Australian winter rainfall; Water Resources Research
Long-term behaviour of ENSO: interactions with the PDO over the past 400 years inferred from paleoclimate records; Geophysical Research Letters
Multi-decadal climate variability, New South Wales, Australia; Water Science and Technology
Multi-decadal variability of drought risk, eastern Australia; Hydrological Processes
Multi-decadal variability of flood risk; Geophysical Research Letters
Multi-decadal variability of forest fire risk - eastern Australia; International Journal of Wildland Fire
Multi-parameter fingerprinting of sediment deposition in a small gullied catchment in SE Australia; Catena
Multidecadal variability in coastal eastern Australian flood data; Journal of Hydrology
Multidecadal variability of rainfall and streamflow: Eastern Australia; Water Resources Research
Nutrient changes in potting mix and Eucalyptus nitens leaf tissue under macadamia biochar amendments; Journal of Forestry Research
On constraining the predictions of a distributed model: The incorporation of fuzzy estimates of saturated areas into the calibration process; Water Resources Research
On ENSO impacts on European wintertime rainfalls and their modulation by the NAO and the Pacific multi-decadal variability described through the PDO index; International Journal of Climatology
On the recent warming in the Murray-Darling Basin: Land surface interactions misunderstood; Geophysical Research Letters
On the role of soil moisture in daytime evolution of temperatures; Hydrological Processes: An International Journal
On the sensitivity of soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) schemes: equifinality and the problem of robust calibration; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Prediction of ungauged basins - catchment response regionalisation and uncertain criteria conditioning; Conceptual and modelling studies of integrated groundwater, surface water, and ecological systems
Relationships between the El-Niño Southern Oscillation and spate flows in southern Africa and Australia; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
Reply to the comment of Cai et al. on the paper 'On the recent warming in the Murray-Darling Basin: land surface interactions misunderstood' by Lockart et al; Geophysical Research Letters
Sediment fingerprinting as an environmental forensics tool explaining cyanobacteria blooms in lakes; Applied Geography
Spatial and temporal patterns of land surface fluxes from remotely sensed surface temperatures within an uncertainty modelling framework; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
Taxing Air; Kelpie Press
The scientific method (and other heresies); Climate Change - the Facts 2014
Toward a reliable decomposition of predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: Characterizing rainfall errors using conditional simulation; Water Resources Research
Uncertainty-based assessment of tracer selection, tracer non-conservativeness and multiple solutions in sediment fingerprinting using synthetic and field data; Journal of Soils and Sediments
Understanding failure rates in cast iron pipes using temporal stratification; Urban Water
Understanding predictive uncertainty in hydrologic modeling: The challenge of identifying input and structural errors; Water Resources Research
Using subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) extreme rainfall forecasts for extended-range flood prediction in Australia; IAHS Proceedings and Reports

Research Projects

Robust streamflow prediction by improving the identification of hydrological model structure; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Hardware and software optimisation of a night fighting and situational awareness system
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Climate change - Cost/Benefit of Adaptation

Research Candidate Supervision

Application of Bayesian Networks to Remote Sensing
Biochar as a Soil Ammendment and Productivity Stimulus for Eucalyptus nitens Plantations