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Monday, 17. January 2011

Jan 2011: Heavy rainfall floods Australia

Australia has been struck by one of the worst flood catastrophes in its history. According to Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf and Prof. Jürgen Kropp, the dimension of precipitation is not only a direct result of the La-Nina condition currently prevailing in the Pacific Ocean, but is in fact a direct result of climate change.





Graphic: Southern Wet Season Rainfall Anomaly since 1900 - Southwestern Australia. Quelle: Bureau of Meteorology.


Australia has been struck by one of the worst catastrophes in its history. An area in the north west of Australia the size of Germany and France combined has already been flooded. Brisbane is under water, tens of thousands of people have had to be evacuated and fifteen people have died.

Brisbane suffered from flooding in 1893 and 1974, but the latest floods have new causes, the authors say, citing the effects of climate change.

The heavy precipitation is not only a direct result of the current La-Nina condition prevailing  in the pacific Pacific Oocean, but according to Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf and Prof. Jürgen Kropp a direct result of global change.


For more information, see the report in ZDF-Morgenmagazin:

http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/1233308/Klimaforscher:-2010-wärmstes-Jahr


Also read two related posts by Stefan Rahmstorf on WissensLogs:

http://www.wissenslogs.de/wblogs/blog/klimalounge/klimadaten/2011-01-13/2010-waermstes-und-nassestes-jahr-weltweit-seit-beginn-der-aufzeichnungen

http://www.wissenslogs.de/wblogs/blog/klimalounge/mechanismen/2011-01-05/flutkatastrophe-in-queensland-australien