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Stewart Franks

Stewart William Franks

Professor of Environmental Engineering

Room 328, Engineering, Sandy Bay Campus

(03) 6226 1868 (phone)

(03) 6226 7809 (fax)

Stewart.franks@utas.edu.au

Additional Information

Career Summary

Stewart holds a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Science and a PhD ('The representation of land surface - atmosphere fluxes for atmospheric modelling'), both from Lancaster University (UK).

From 1997 to 2013 Stewart was employed at the University of Newcastle (Australia). From 2009-2011, he was the Dean of Students ensuring equity for 33,000 students at 5 campuses.

Stewart is the Australian National Representative to the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), and is the current President of the International Commission on the Coupled Land Atmosphere System (ICCLAS).

Since 2013, Stewart has been the Foundation Chair of Environmental Engineering at the University of Tasmania.

Research Areas

  • Model identification/uncertainty analysis
  • Prediction of seasonal climate variability
  • Hydro-climatological (flood/drought) risk estimation
  • Land surface-atmosphere interactions
  • Uncertainty estimation in sediment fingerprinting
  • Climate impacts on infrastructure

Research

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • KNE411 Hydraulic Engineering

View more on Professor Stewart Franks in WARP

Research Fields

  • Environmental Engineering Modelling (090702)
  • Environmental Technologies (090703)
  • Environmental Engineering (090799)
  • Surfacewater Hydrology (040608)
  • Meteorology (040107)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)
  • Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts (070502)
  • Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (091599)
  • Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering) (091507)
  • Virtual Reality and Related Simulation (080111)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Software Engineering (080309)
  • CAD/CAM Systems (091001)

Research Impact

  • Land and Water Management of environments (960999)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Natural Hazards in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (961005)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Engineering (970109)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (960504)
  • Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments (961002)
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Emerging Defence Technologies (810104)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management (960905)
  • Water Allocation and Quantification (960913)
  • Command, Control and Communications (810103)

Publications

Total publications

49

Highlighted publications

(10 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2010Journal ArticleRenard B, Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Thyer M, Franks SW, 'Understanding predictive uncertainty in hydrologic modeling: The challenge of identifying input and structural errors', Water Resources Research, 46, (5) pp. 1-22. ISSN 1944-7973 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2009WR008328 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 168Web of Science - 155

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2009Journal ArticleThyer M, Renard B, Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, et al., 'Critical evaluation of parameter consistency and predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: A case study using Bayesian total error analysis', Water Resources Research, 45 Article W00B14. ISSN 1944-7973 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2008WR006825 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 145

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2006Journal ArticleKavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modelling: 1. Theory', Water Resources Research, 42 Article W03407. ISSN 0043-1397 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004368 [eCite] [Details]

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2006Journal ArticleKavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modeling: 2. Application', Water Resources Research, 42 Article W03408. ISSN 1944-7973 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004376 [eCite] [Details]

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2004Journal ArticleVerdon DC, Wyatt AM, Kiem AS, Franks SW, 'Multidecadal variability of rainfall and streamflow: Eastern Australia', Water Resources Research, 40 Article W10201. ISSN 1944-7973 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2004WR003234 [eCite] [Details]

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2003Journal ArticleKiem AS, Franks SW, Kuczera G, 'Multi-decadal variability of flood risk', Geophysical Research Letters, 30, (2) Article 1035. ISSN 1944-8007 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2002GL015992 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 134

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2003Journal ArticleSivapalan M, Takeuchi K, Franks SW, 'IAHS Decade on Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB), 2003-2012: Shaping an exciting future for the hydrological sciences', Hydrological Sciences Journal, 48, (6) Article 10.1623/hysj.48.6.857.51421. ISSN 0262-6667 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1623/hysj.48.6.857.51421 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 460

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1998Journal ArticleFranks SW, Gineste P, Beven KJ, Merot P, 'On constraining the predictions of a distributed model: The incorporation of fuzzy estimates of saturated areas into the calibration process', Water Resources Research, 34, (4) pp. 787-797. ISSN 1944-7973 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/97WR03041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 162

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1997Journal ArticleFranks SW, Beven KJ, 'Bayesian estimation of uncertainty in land surface-atmosphere flux predictions', Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 102, (D20) Article 97JD02011. ISSN 2169-8996 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/97JD02011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 88

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1997Journal ArticleFranks SW, Beven KJ, Quinn PF, Wright IR, 'On the sensitivity of soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) schemes: equifinality and the problem of robust calibration', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 86 pp. 63-75. ISSN 0168-1923 (1997) [Refereed Article]

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Journal Article

(40 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Wrobel-Tobiszewska A, Boersma M, Adams P, Singh B, Franks S, et al., 'Biochar for Eucalyptus forestry plantations', Acta Horticulturae, 1108 pp. 55-61. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1108.7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wrobel-Tobiszewska A; Boersma M

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2015Franks SW, White CJ, Gensen M, 'Estimating extreme flood events - assumptions, uncertainty and error', IAHS Proceedings and Reports, 369 pp. 31-36. ISSN 0144-7815 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/piahs-369-31-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: White CJ

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2015Newby M, Franks SW, White CJ, 'Estimating urban flood risk - uncertainty in design criteria', IAHS Proceedings and Reports, 370 pp. 3-7. ISSN 0144-7815 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/piahs-370-3-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: White CJ

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2015Sherriff SC, Franks SW, Rowan JS, Fenton O, O'hUallachain D, '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, 15, (10) pp. 2101-2116. ISSN 1439-0108 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11368-015-1123-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Sherriff SC

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2015White CJ, Franks SW, McEvoy D, 'Using subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) extreme rainfall forecasts for extended-range flood prediction in Australia', IAHS Proceedings and Reports, 370 pp. 229-234. ISSN 0144-7815 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/piahs-370-229-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: White CJ

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2015Lockart N, Kavetski D, Franks SW, 'A new stochastic model for simulating daily solar radiation from sunshine hours', International Journal of Climatology, 35, (6) pp. 1090-1106. ISSN 0899-8418 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/joc.4041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2013Rowan JS, Black S, Franks SW, 'Sediment fingerprinting as an environmental forensics tool explaining cyanobacteria blooms in lakes', Applied Geography, 32, (2) pp. 832-843. ISSN 0143-6228 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.07.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

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2013Lockart N, Kavetski D, Franks SW, 'On the role of soil moisture in daytime evolution of temperatures', Hydrological Processes: An International Journal, 27, (26) pp. 3896-3904. ISSN 1099-1085 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9525 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5

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2011Henley BJ, Thyer M, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Climate-informed stochastic hydrological modeling: Incorporating decadal-scale variability using paleo data', Water Resources Research, 47 pp. 1-14. ISSN 1944-7973 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2010WR010034 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15

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2011Renard B, Kavetski D, Leblois E, Thyer M, Kuczera G, et al., 'Toward a reliable decomposition of predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: Characterizing rainfall errors using conditional simulation', Water Resources Research, 47, (11) Article W11516. ISSN 1944-7973 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2011WR010643 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 61Web of Science - 56

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2010Franks SW, Kavetski D, Lockart N, '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, 37, (10) Article L10403. ISSN 0094-8276 (2010) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1029/2010GL043615 [eCite] [Details]

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2010Renard B, Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Thyer M, Franks SW, 'Understanding predictive uncertainty in hydrologic modeling: The challenge of identifying input and structural errors', Water Resources Research, 46, (5) pp. 1-22. ISSN 1944-7973 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2009WR008328 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 168Web of Science - 155

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2009Lockart N, Kavetski D, Franks SW, 'On the recent warming in the Murray-Darling Basin: Land surface interactions misunderstood', Geophysical Research Letters, 36 pp. 1-5. ISSN 1944-8007 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2009GL040598 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19

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2009Thyer M, Renard B, Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, et al., 'Critical evaluation of parameter consistency and predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: A case study using Bayesian total error analysis', Water Resources Research, 45 Article W00B14. ISSN 1944-7973 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2008WR006825 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 145

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2008Zanchettin D, Franks SW, Traverso P, Tomasino M, '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, 28 pp. 995-1006. ISSN 0899-8418 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/joc.1601 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30

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2007Silinis P, Franks SW, 'Understanding failure rates in cast iron pipes using temporal stratification', Urban Water, 4, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1573-062X (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15730620601145832 [eCite] [Details]

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2006Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modelling: 1. Theory', Water Resources Research, 42 Article W03407. ISSN 0043-1397 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004368 [eCite] [Details]

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2006Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Bayesian analysis of input uncertainty in hydrological modeling: 2. Application', Water Resources Research, 42 Article W03408. ISSN 1944-7973 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004376 [eCite] [Details]

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2006Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Calibration of conceptual hydrological models revisited: 2. Improving optimisation and analysis', Journal of Hydrology, 320, (1-2) pp. 187-201. ISSN 0022-1694 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.07.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 34

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2006Kavetski D, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Calibration of conceptual hydrological models revisited: 1. Overcoming numerical artefacts', Journal of Hydrology, 320, (1-2) pp. 173-186. ISSN 0022-1694 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.07.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 65

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2006Micevski T, Franks SW, Kuczera G, 'Multidecadal variability in coastal eastern Australian flood data', Journal of Hydrology, 327, (1-2) pp. 219- 225. ISSN 0022-1694 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.11.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 40

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2006Samuel JM, Verdon DC, Sivapalan M, Franks SW, 'Influence of Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability on southwest Western Australian winter rainfall', Water Resources Research, 42, (6) Article W08402. ISSN 0043-1397 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004672 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 9

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2006Verdon DC, Franks SW, 'Long-term behaviour of ENSO: interactions with the PDO over the past 400 years inferred from paleoclimate records', Geophysical Research Letters, 33, (6) Article L06712. ISSN 0094-8276 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2005GL025052 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 84

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2005McCabe MF, Franks SW, Kalma JD, 'Calibration of a land surface model using multiple data sets', Journal of Hydrology, 302, (1-4) pp. 209-222. ISSN 0022-1694 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2004.07.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Kalma JD

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2005Micevski T, Kuczera G, Franks SW, 'Flood frequency censoring errors associated with daily-read flood observations', Water Resources Research, 41, (7) Article W07002. ISSN 0043-1397 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2004WR003881 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

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2005Verdon DC, Franks SW, 'Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability and winter rainfall: Eastern Australia', Water Resources Research, 41, (9) Article W09413. ISSN 0043-1397 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2004WR003845 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 39

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2005McCabe MF, Kalma JD, Franks SW, 'Spatial and temporal patterns of land surface fluxes from remotely sensed surface temperatures within an uncertainty modelling framework', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 9, (5) pp. 467-480. ISSN 1027-5606 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/hess-9-467-2005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Kalma JD

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2004Franks SW, 'Multi-decadal climate variability, New South Wales, Australia', Water Science and Technology, 49, (7) pp. 133-140. ISSN 0273-1223 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 13

2004Kiem AS, Franks SW, 'Multi-decadal variability of drought risk, eastern Australia', Hydrological Processes, 18, (11) pp. 2039-2050. ISSN 0885-6087 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/hyp.1460 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 81

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2004Verdon DC, Kiem AS, Franks SW, 'Multi-decadal variability of forest fire risk - eastern Australia', International Journal of Wildland Fire, 13, (2) pp. 165-171. ISSN 1049-8001 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WF03034 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 37

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2004Verdon DC, Wyatt AM, Kiem AS, Franks SW, 'Multidecadal variability of rainfall and streamflow: Eastern Australia', Water Resources Research, 40 Article W10201. ISSN 1944-7973 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2004WR003234 [eCite] [Details]

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2004Whiting JP, Lambert MF, Metcalfe AV, Adamson PT, Franks SW, et al., 'Relationships between the El-Nino Southern Oscillation and spate flows in southern Africa and Australia', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8, (6) pp. 1118-1128. ISSN 1027-5606 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/hess-8-1118-2004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

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2003Kiem AS, Franks SW, Kuczera G, 'Multi-decadal variability of flood risk', Geophysical Research Letters, 30, (2) Article 1035. ISSN 1944-8007 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2002GL015992 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 134

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2003Krause AK, Franks SW, Kalma JD, Loughran RJ, Rowan JS, 'Multi-parameter fingerprinting of sediment deposition in a small gullied catchment in SE Australia', Catena, 53, (4) pp. 327-348. ISSN 0341-8162 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0341-8162(03)00085-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 51

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2003Silinis PG, Franks SW, 'Development of a diagnostic index to guide maintenance', American Water Works Association. Journal, 95, (5) pp. 105-111. ISSN 0003-150X (2003) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 2

2003Sivapalan M, Takeuchi K, Franks SW, 'IAHS Decade on Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB), 2003-2012: Shaping an exciting future for the hydrological sciences', Hydrological Sciences Journal, 48, (6) Article 10.1623/hysj.48.6.857.51421. ISSN 0262-6667 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1623/hysj.48.6.857.51421 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 460

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2002Franks SW, 'Assessing hydrological change: deterministic general circulation models or spurious solar correlation?', Hydrological Processes: An International Journal, 16, (2) pp. 559-564. ISSN 0885-6087 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/hyp.600 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 36

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1998Franks SW, Gineste P, Beven KJ, Merot P, 'On constraining the predictions of a distributed model: The incorporation of fuzzy estimates of saturated areas into the calibration process', Water Resources Research, 34, (4) pp. 787-797. ISSN 1944-7973 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/97WR03041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 162

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1997Franks SW, Beven KJ, 'Bayesian estimation of uncertainty in land surface-atmosphere flux predictions', Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 102, (D20) Article 97JD02011. ISSN 2169-8996 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/97JD02011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 88

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1997Franks SW, Beven KJ, Quinn PF, Wright IR, 'On the sensitivity of soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) schemes: equifinality and the problem of robust calibration', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 86 pp. 63-75. ISSN 0168-1923 (1997) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Carter R, Spooner J, Kininmonth B, Feil M, Franks SW, et al., 'Taxing Air', Kelpie Press, Australia, pp. 267. ISBN 9780646902180 (2013) [Authored Other Book]

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2011Franks SW, Boegh E, Blyth E, Hannah DM, Yilmaz KK, 'Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change', IAHS Press, UK, pp. 254. ISBN 978-1-907161-19-3 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Franks SW, 'Flood risk in eastern Australia - climate variability and change', Applied Uncertainty Analysis for Flood Risk Management, Imperial College Press, K Beven, J Hall (ed), London, United Kingdom, pp. 605-624. ISBN 978-1-84816-270-9 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1142/9781848162716_0023 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Franks SW, 'The scientific method (and other heresies)', Climate Change - the Facts 2014, Institute of Public Affairs, A Moran (ed), Melbourne, pp. 252-263. ISBN 978-0-909536-00-8 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2011Lockart N, Kavetski D, Franks SW, 'Hydro-climatological variability in the Murray-Darling Basin', Hydro-climatology: variability and Change, IAHS Press, Franks et al (ed), UK, pp. 105-111. ISBN 978-1-907161-19-3 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Wyatt AM, Franks SW, 'Climate variability and water security for power generation', Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change, IAHS Press, Franks et al (ed), UK, pp. 254. ISBN 978-1-907161-19-3 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Wyatt AM, Franks SW, 'Prediction of ungauged basins - catchment response regionalisation and uncertain criteria conditioning', Conceptual and modelling studies of integrated groundwater, surface water, and ecological systems, IAHS Press, Abesser et al (ed), UK, pp. 271. ISBN 978-1-907161-20-9 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Ramm TD, White CJ, Franks SW, 'Accounting for uncertainty in cost benefit analysis: a generalised framework for natural hazard adaptation in the coastal zone', 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: The art and science of water, 7-10 December, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 510-517. ISBN 9781922107497 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: White CJ

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Franks SW, 'Climate change - In search of a signal', IPA Review, IPA, Melbourne, 65, 3, pp. 16-21. (2013) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$1,317,246

Projects

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Climate change - Cost/Benefit of Adaptation (2016 - 2018)$300,000
Description
The project focuses on the identification of change in climate variables, attribution to casual factors and cost-benefit of different migrations strategies looking at a range of climatological variables.
Funding
Institute of Public Affairs ($300,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Olivier JC; Franks SW
Period
2016 - 2018
Development of a Floodplain Risk Assessment Process for Tasmania (2015)$94,244
Description
This project aims to develop a methodological process for the assessment of floodplain risks in Tasmania. The process will be consistent with the Australian Emergency Handbook 7 and the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines. It will be demonstrated through four case studies representing a range of diverse geographical contexts within Tasmania. A key emphasis will be an explicit focus on uncertainties throughout the floodplain risk assessment process and will provide advice regarding appropriate methodologies for the identification, analysis, and evaluation of risks including the empirical quantification of the consequences and likelihoods of risks. The process will be trialled to produce assessment of existing, future, and residual risks for the four case study areas. The outputs from the assessments will be able to be integrated into all-hazards municipal level risk assessments and associated emergency risk management processes.
Funding
Department of Police and Emergency Management [TAS] ($94,244)
Scheme
Grant-SEMP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Franks SW
Year
2015
Natural Disaster Risk Assessment for Tasmania Project (2015)$131,000
Description
Tasmania suffers from natural disasters consistent with its climate and geographical location. Historical records show that natural disasters in Tasmania have a significant impact in terms of loss of life, property and infrastructure. In 2012, the State Emergency Service (SES) Tasmania produced the states first comprehensive natural disaster risk assessment report - the Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment (TSNDRA). The report was based on the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG). A revision of the TSNDRA 2012 report has been identified by the State Government as a priority project for Tasmania in 2015. This report will build upon the 2012 TSNDRA report and identify both existing and newly identified hazard-specific gaps. A series of hazard-specific workshops will be held, including flood, bushfire, storm and landslide, as well as other hazards such as coastal, biosecurity and pandemic that were identified but not covered in TSNDRA 2012. The project will provide Tasmania with a revised state-wide natural disaster risk assessment in line with the new NERAG guidelines and across the full range of sources of uncertainty. A public version of the report will be produced, together with a summary report and fact sheets. This report will become an invaluable resource for natural hazard risk assessment and hazard risk management practitioners, and those involved in natural hazards mitigation and policy at all levels of government and emergency management. The project will also include the provision of an updated High Level Risk Treatment Plan for the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) to enable them to work with agencies across Tasmania to inform strategies to successfully mitigate the states current and future vulnerability to natural disasters.
Funding
Department of Police and Emergency Management [TAS] ($131,000)
Scheme
Grant-SEMP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Franks SW; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA
Year
2015
Hardware and software optimisation of a night fighting and situational awareness system (2014)$48,090
Description
The project will identify potential solutions to hardware and software issues associated with a night fighting and situational awareness system being developed by Rockwell Collins Australia Pty Ltd (RCA). RCA had identified three issues of importance prior to the workshop including: optimisation of hardware/software for real-time video display to operator; optimisation of graphical user interface; and optimisation of hardware enclosure.
Funding
Rockwall Collins Australia ($48,090)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Franks SW; Chinthammit W; Lamont J; Gale TJ
Year
2014
Robust streamflow prediction by improving the identification of hydrological model structure (2011 - 2013)$743,912
Funding
Australian Research Council ($240,000)
Collaborators
National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research ($77,000); University of Newcastle ($426,912)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Newcastle
Research Team
Kavetski D; Franks SW
Period
2011 - 2013
Grant Reference
DP110105408

Research Supervision

Completed

1

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDBiochar as a Soil Ammendment and Productivity Stimulus for Eucalyptus nitens Plantations
Candidate: Anna Karolina Wrobel-Tobiszewska
2014