Lisa Alexander
Associate Professor Lisa Alexander
Field of Research: 
Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes); Climate Change Processes; Meteorology
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 8954

Room 463
Mathews Building (F23)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects


Variability and driving mechanisms of climate extremes especially understanding changes in the intensity, frequency and duration of heavy precipitation



Has rainfall become more variable or extreme? (DP160103439)




See also:


Research Team

Dr Margot Bador (Research Associate)

James Goldie (PhD candidate) – Effect of humidity on hospital admission rates across climatic zones

Stefan Contractor (PhD candidate) – Is rainfall becoming more variable or extreme?

Mia Gross (PhD candidate) – Is temperature becoming more extreme? A comprehensive assessment of the variability of temperature extremes

Duarte Costa (PhD candidate) – The combined effect of changes in global climate and local land cover in aggravating heatwave characteristics in Brazil



Andrew King (PhD, 2015) – An investigation into extreme rainfall variability in Australia

Acacia Pepler (PhD, 2017) – The influences on Australian East Coast Lows in present and future climates

Tanya Lippmann (Honours, 2012) – Natural and anthropogenic drivers of Australian temperature extremes, simulated over the last millennium

James Goldie (Honours, 2014) - Observed humidity and hospital morbidity near Darwin, Australia

Mia Gross (Honours, 2015) - Sector-specific impacts of heat extremes in New South Wales, Australia

Kate Simmonds (Honours, 2017) - The influence of sea surface temperature variability on climate extremes in observations and models



CLIM3001  (Course Coordinator)

GEOS2711 (Lecturer)

CLIM1001 (Guest Lecturer)



Some recent publications:-

Alexander LV;Arblaster JM, 2017, 'Historical and projected trends in temperature and precipitation extremes in Australia in observations and CMIP5', Weather and Climate Extremes, vol. 15, pp. 34 - 56,

Alexander LV, 2016, 'Global observed long-term changes in temperature and precipitation extremes: A review of progress and limitations in IPCC assessments and beyond', Weather and Climate Extremes, vol. 11, pp. 4 - 16,

Angélil O;Stone D;Perkins-Kirkpatrick S;Alexander LV;Wehner M;Shiogama H;Wolski P;Ciavarella A;Christidis N, 2017, 'On the nonlinearity of spatial scales in extreme weather attribution statements', Climate Dynamics, pp. 1 - 14,

Bao J;Sherwood SC;Alexander LV;Evans JP, 2017, 'Future increases in extreme precipitation exceed observed scaling rates', Nature Climate Change, vol. 7, pp. 128 - 132,

Donat MG;Lowry AL;Alexander LV;O’Gorman PA;Maher N, 2016, 'More extreme precipitation in the world’s dry and wet regions', Nature Climate Change, vol. 6, pp. 508 - 513,

Gibson PB;Perkins-Kirkpatrick SE;Uotila P;Pepler AS;Alexander LV, 2017, 'On the use of self-organizing maps for studying climate extremes', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 122, pp. 3891 - 3903,

Goldie J;Alexander L;Lewis SC;Sherwood SC;Bambrick H, 2017, 'Changes in relative fit of human heat stress indices to cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal hospitalizations across five Australian urban populations', International Journal of Biometeorology, pp. 1 - 10,

Gross MH;Donat MG;Alexander LV;Sisson SA, 2018, 'The sensitivity of daily temperature variability and extremes to dataset choice', Journal of Climate, vol. 31, pp. 1337 - 1359,

Herold N;Behrangi A;Alexander LV, 2017, 'Large uncertainties in observed daily precipitation extremes over land', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 122, pp. 668 - 681,

Hobday AJ;Alexander LV;Perkins SE;Smale DA;Straub SC;Oliver EC J;Benthuysen JA;Burrows MT;Donat MG;Feng M;Holbrook NJ;Moore PJ;Scannell HA;Sen Gupta A;Wernberg T, 2016, 'A hierarchical approach to defining marine heatwaves', Progress in Oceanography, vol. 141, pp. 227 - 238,

Loughran TF;Perkins-Kirkpatrick SE;Alexander LV;Pitman AJ, 2017, 'No significant difference between Australian heat wave impacts of Modoki and eastern Pacific El Niño', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 44, pp. 5150 - 5157,

Pepler AS;Alexander LV;Evans JP;Sherwood SC, 2017, 'The influence of topography on midlatitude cyclones on Australia's east coast', Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol. 122, pp. 9173 - 9184,