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Rebecca Harris

Lecturer Physical Geography (Climatology)
Geography and Spatial Sciences

Room 435 , Geography Building

+61 3 6226 2920 (phone)

Rebecca.Harris@utas.edu.au

Dr Rebecca Harris is a Lecturer in Physical Geography (Climatology) in Geography and Spatial Sciences, in the School of Technology, Environments and Design.

Bec’s principal research interests are in the areas of conservation management and climate change impacts on natural and human systems. She integrates climate science with ecological research to contribute to landscape management decisions that are necessary to adapt to climate change impacts. Recent research has focused on the impact of climate variability and extreme events on natural ecosystems and the adaptability of species and humans to change. This research has been applied to conservation management, emergency services (bushfire preparedness), agriculture (biosecurity, viticulture), and adaptation in the ski industry. She is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II.

Biography

Bec has 20 years’ experience working in research organizations, including the Australian Museum (Arachnology section (1995-1997) and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research (2000 – 2003)), the Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources, Macquarie University (1998-2000), and the University of Tasmania (Antarctic Ecosystem and Climate CRC (2012 – present)). She moved from Sydney to Tasmania in 2003 and completed her PhD in 2012 in the School of Geography, University of Tasmania. In 2016 she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship which supported a year’s research stay at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis Title UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD The biophysical and behavioral strategies of thermoregulation in the wingless grasshopper – A model to test potential climate change impacts on insects. University of Tasmania Australia 2012
MSc Cattle grazing in public forests: the response of ground-dwelling spider assemblages Macquarie University Australia 2000
BAppSc   The University of Technology Australia 1991

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • National Climate change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Biodiversity Network and Primary Industry Network

Administrative expertise

Bec has experience in project management and the implementation of research projects, which have involved design of surveys and field experiments, site selection, supervision of staff and volunteers, and budget and time management skills.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Biodiversity assessment (invertebrate and botanical), biogeography, island ecology, invasion and disturbance ecology, thermal biology, species distribution modelling, microclimatology and application of climate model output.

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Expertise

  • Biodiversity assessment
  • Thermal biology
  • Invasive species biology
  • Biogeography
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biophysical ecology
  • Climate change impact assessment
  • Regional climate projections
  • Climate adaptation
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Species Distribution Modelling

Research Themes

Microclimatology, climate change, ecology, fire and biodiversity.

Collaboration

Bec has ongoing collaborations with the Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany; the Federal Institute for Hydrology, Germany; Macquarie University; CSIRO; the South Australian Research Development Institute and the Australian Wine Research Institute. With the Climate Futures team she has worked closely with stakeholders including Hobart City Council, TasFire, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and State Emergency Services.

Awards

  • Linnaean Society of NSW Joyce W. Vickery Scientific Research Grant, 2005
  • ANZ Holsworth Research Endowment, 2007
  • Australian Museum Postgraduate Award, 2007
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2016
  • National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI) Scholarship, 2018

Current projects

Bec is currently the lead researcher on the projects: An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. Funded by the National Disaster Resilience Grants Program, 2016 and the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program, 2018; Australia’s wine future – adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change, 2016-2019. Funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority; and A characterisation of synoptic weather features often associated with extreme events in SE Australia and Tasmania (soon to commence). Funded by the Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC.

She is involved in a range of projects investigating changes to native and invasive species distributions; shifts in growing season and phenology and changing fire fuel loads under future climate change in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia. She is currently working on methods to improve the application of climate science to ecological research and adaptation responses by incorporating the high frequency and seasonal information available in regional climate projections with species-specific biological information. She has ongoing collaborations in Germany investigating the impact of compounding extreme events on biodiversity and ecosystem structure and function.

Fields of Research

  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)
  • Invertebrate Biology (060808)
  • Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling (070104)
  • Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes) (040105)
  • Environmental Engineering (090799)
  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Forestry Fire Management (070503)
  • Forestry Management and Environment (070504)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience (150606)
  • Environmental Engineering Modelling (090702)
  • Surfacewater Hydrology (040608)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)
  • Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Environmental Sciences (059999)
  • Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) (070603)
  • Optical Physics (020599)
  • Human Geography (160499)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience (040699)
  • Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering) (091507)
  • Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases (070505)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction (070301)
  • Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Meteorology (040107)
  • Oenology and Viticulture (070604)
  • Soil Biology (050303)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)

Research Objectives

  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Climate Change Models (960303)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Engineering (970109)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Forestry (820199)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Wine Grapes (820306)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments (960505)
  • Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (960403)
  • Economic Issues in Tourism (900301)
  • Construction Design (870299)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Air Quality (960101)
  • Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961306)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Natural Hazards in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961004)
  • Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. Social Impacts) (960310)
  • Vegetables (820215)
  • Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas at Regional or Larger Scales (961308)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. Social Impacts) (960309)
  • Tourism Infrastructure Development (900303)
  • Water Allocation and Quantification (960913)
  • Mountain and High Country Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960810)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mountain and High Country Environments (960509)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts) (960306)
  • Weather (960203)
  • Urban Land Policy (960708)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)

Publications

Bec has published in a wide range of journals, including those with a focus on theoretical ecology (Journal of Biogeography, Ecology and Evolution, Climatic Change), conservation biology (Landscape and Urban Planning), and applied biodiversity management (Ecological Management and Restoration, Journal of Environmental Management). She has also contributed to several reports interpreting the climate science, uncertainty and adaptation options for resource managers and practitioners.

Total publications

46

Journal Article

(25 outputs)
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2019Ojeda JJ, Rezaei EE, Remenyi TA, Webb MA, Webber HA, et al., 'Effects of soil- and climate data aggregation on simulated potato yield and irrigation water requirement', Science of The Total Environment Article 135589. ISSN 0048-9697 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135589 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ojeda JJ; Remenyi TA; Mohammed CL; Meinke H

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2018Harris RMB, Beaumont LJ, Vance TR, Tozer CR, Remenyi TA, et al., 'Biological responses to the press and pulse of climate trends and extreme events', Nature Climate Change, 8 pp. 579-587. ISSN 1758-678X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0187-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 66Web of Science - 62

Co-authors: Vance TR; Tozer CR; Remenyi TA; Williamson G; Bowman DMJS

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2018Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love P, Bindoff NL, 'Exploring the future of fuel loads in Tasmania, Australia: shifts in vegetation in response to changing fire weather, productivity, and fire frequency', Forests, 9, (4) Article 210. ISSN 1999-4907 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.3390/f9040210 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Remenyi T; Love P; Bindoff NL

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2018Rumm A, Foeckler F, Dziock F, Ilg C, Scholz M, et al., 'Shifts in mollusc traits following floodplain reconnection: testing the response of functional diversity components', Freshwater Biology, 63, (6) pp. 505-517. ISSN 0046-5070 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13082 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 16

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2018Yadav S, Stow AJ, Harris RMB, Dudaniec RY, 'Morphological variation tracks environmental gradients in an agricultural pest, Phaulacridium vittatum (Orthoptera: Acrididae)', Journal of Insect Science, 18, (6) Article 13. ISSN 1536-2442 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jisesa/iey121 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2017Harris RMB, Kriticos DJ, Remenyi T, Bindoff N, 'Unusual suspects in the usual places: a phylo-climatic framework to identify potential future invasive species', Biological Invasions, 19, (2) pp. 577-596. ISSN 1387-3547 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1334-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Remenyi T; Bindoff N

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2017Harrison PA, Vaillancourt RE, Harris RMB, Potts BM, 'Integrating climate change and habitat fragmentation to identify candidate seed sources for ecological restoration', Restoration Ecology, 25, (4) pp. 524-531. ISSN 1061-2971 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.12488 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Harrison PA; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

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2016Harris RMB, Remenyi TA, Williamson GJ, Bindoff NL, Bowman DMJS, 'Climate-vegetation-fire interactions and feedbacks: trivial detail or major barrier to projecting the future of the Earth system?', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 7, (6) pp. 910-931. ISSN 1757-7799 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.428 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Williamson GJ; Bindoff NL; Bowman DMJS

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2016McDonald J, McCormack PC, Fleming AJ, Harris RMB, Lockwood M, 'Rethinking legal objectives for climate-adaptive conservation', Ecology and Society, 21, (2) Article 25. ISSN 1708-3087 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5751/ES-08460-210225 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: McDonald J; McCormack PC; Fleming AJ; Lockwood M

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2016Porfirio LL, Harris RMB, Stojanovic D, Webb MH, Mackey B, 'Projected direct and indirect effects of climate change on the swift parrot, an endangered migratory species', Emu, 116, (3) pp. 273-283. ISSN 0158-4197 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MU15094 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2015Harris RMB, Carter O, Gilfedder L, Porfirio LL, Lee G, et al., 'Noah's ark conservation will not preserve threatened ecological communities under climate change', PLoS One, 10, (4) Article e0124014. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Lee G; Bindoff NL

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2015Harris RMB, McQuillan P, Hughes L, 'The effectiveness of common thermo-regulatory behaviours in a cool temperate grasshopper', Journal of Thermal Biology, 52 pp. 75-83. ISSN 0306-4565 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2015.06.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McQuillan P

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2015Lechner AM, Doerr V, Harris RMB, Doerr E, Lefroy EC, 'A framework for incorporating fine-scale dispersal behaviour into biodiversity conservation planning', Landscape and Urban Planning, 141 pp. 11-23. ISSN 0169-2046 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.04.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Lechner AM; Lefroy EC

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2015Lechner AM, Harris RMB, Doerr V, Doerr E, Drielsma M, et al., 'From static connectivity modelling to scenario-based planning at local and regional scales', Journal for Nature Conservation, 28 pp. 78-88. ISSN 1617-1381 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2015.09.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Lechner AM; Lefroy EC

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2015Raymond CM, Lechner AM, Lockwood M, Carter O, Harris RMB, et al., 'Private land manager capacity to conserve threatened communities under climate change', Journal of Environmental Management, 159 pp. 235-244. ISSN 0301-4797 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.048 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Lechner AM; Lockwood M

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2014Fox-Hughes P, Harris RM, Lee G, Grose MR, Bindoff NL, 'Future fire danger climatology for Tasmania, Australia, using a dynamically downscaled regional climate model', International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23, (3) pp. 309-321. ISSN 1049-8001 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WF13126 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Lee G; Grose MR; Bindoff NL

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2014Gould SF, Beeton NJ, Harris RMB, Hutchinson MF, Lechner AM, et al., 'A tool for simulating and communicating uncertainty when modelling species distributions under future climates', Ecology and Evolution, 4, (24) pp. 4798-4811. ISSN 2045-7758 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1319 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Beeton NJ; Lechner AM

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2014Grose MR, Fox-Hughes P, Harris RM, Bindoff NL, 'Changes to the drivers of fire weather with a warming climate - a case study of southeast Tasmania', Climatic Change, 124, (1-2) pp. 255-269. ISSN 0165-0009 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1070-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Grose MR; Bindoff NL

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2014Harris RM, Grose MR, Lee G, Bindoff NL, Porfirio L, et al., 'Climate projections for ecologists', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5, (5) pp. 621-637. ISSN 1757-7799 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.291 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 55

Co-authors: Grose MR; Lee G; Bindoff NL

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2014Porfirio LL, Harris RM, Lefroy EC, Hugh S, Gould SF, et al., 'Improving the use of species distribution models in conservation planning and management under climate change', PLoS ONE, 9, (11) Article e113749. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113749 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 104Web of Science - 99

Co-authors: Lefroy EC; Lee G; Bindoff NL

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2014Williamson GJ, Prior LD, Grose MR, Harris RMB, Bowman DMJS, 'Projecting canopy cover change in Tasmanian eucalypt forests using dynamically downscaled regional climate models', Regional Environmental Change, 14, (4) pp. 1373-1386. ISSN 1436-3798 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0577-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Williamson GJ; Prior LD; Grose MR; Bowman DMJS

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2013Harris R, McQuillan PB, Hughes L, 'Experimental manipulation of melanism demonstrates the plasticity of preferred temperature in an agricultural pest (Phaulacridium vittatum)', PLoS One, 8, (11) Article e80243. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080243 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McQuillan PB

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2013Harris R, Porfirio LL, Hugh S, Lee G, Bindoff NL, et al., 'To Be Or Not to Be? Variable selection can change the projected fate of a threatened species under future climate', Ecological Management and Restoration, 14, (3) pp. 230-234. ISSN 1442-7001 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12055 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22

Co-authors: Lee G; Bindoff NL; Beeton N

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2013Harris RM, McQuillan PB, Hughes L, 'A test of the thermal melanism hypothesis in the wingless grass-hopper Phaulacridium vittatum', Journal of Insect Science, 13 Article 51. ISSN 1536-2442 (2013) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 23909454 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: McQuillan PB

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2012Harris R, McQuillan P, Hughes L, 'Patterns in body size and melanism along a latitudinal cline in the wingless grasshopper, Phaulacridium vittatum', Journal of Biogeography, 39, (8) pp. 1450-1461. ISSN 0305-0270 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02710.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: McQuillan P

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Remenyi TA, Rollins DA, Love PT, Bindoff NL, Harris RMB, 'Australia's Wine Future - A Climate Atlas', University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 487. ISBN 9781922352057 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Rollins DA; Love PT; Bindoff NL

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Harris RMB, 'Book review: Adapting to an uncertain climate: lessons from practice. Edited by Tiago Capela Lourenco et al', Quarterly Review of Biology, 91, (1) pp. 79. ISSN 0033-5770 (2016) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1086/685320 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Chapagain R, Ojeda J, Mohammed C, Brown J, Remenyi T, et al., 'Historical and current approaches to decompose uncertainty in crop model predictions', iCROPM2020 Book of Abstracts, 3-5 February 2020, Montpellier, France, pp. 555-556. (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ojeda J; Mohammed C; Remenyi T

2020Ojeda J, Rezaei EE, Remenyi T, Webb M, Webber H, et al., 'Multi-resolution analysis of aggregated spatial data to simulate yield and irrigation water demand at regional scales', iCROPM2020 Book of Abstracts, 3-5 February 2020, Montpellier, France, pp. 195-196. (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ojeda J; Remenyi T; Mohammed C; Meinke H

2018Harris R, Schoeman D, 'Regional climate-information needs for ecological studies and assessment', Expert Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Assessing Climate Information for Regions, 16-18 May 2018, Trieste, Italy, pp. 46-46. (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love P, Phillips HE, et al., 'An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate: a Tasmanian case study', Research Forum 2017: Proceedings from the Research Forum at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference, 04-06 September 2017, Sydney, pp. 48-63. ISBN 9780994169693 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Love P; Phillips HE; Bindoff NL

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2017Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love PT, Bindoff NL, 'Exploring the future of fuel loads in Tasmania. Shifts in vegetation in response to changing fire weather, productivity, and fire frequency', Abstracts from the 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 03-08 December 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1097-1103. ISBN 9780987214362 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Love PT; Bindoff NL

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2017Remenyi TA, Love PT, Harris RMB, Thatcher M, Rafter T, et al., 'High resolution regional climate model simulations available through the ACECRC Climate Futures team: what we have and how they can be used', Abstracts from the 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 03-08 December 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1222-1228. ISBN 9780987214362 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Love PT; Bindoff NL

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2012Bindoff NL, Lee G, Harris R, Grose MR, 'Downscaling climate projections for application to biodiversity research', AMOS 2012, 31 January - 3 February 2012, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. unknown. (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bindoff NL; Lee G; Grose MR

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2006Harris R, 'Latitude, temperature and insect body size - will the wingless grasshopper get bigger as the world gets hotter?', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2006: Full Program with Abstracts, October, Hobart, pp. 17-17. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Love P, Remenyi T, Harris R, Bindoff N, 'Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Love P; Remenyi T; Bindoff N

2018Bindoff NL, Love P, Grose MR, Harris RMB, Remenyi TA, et al., 'Review of climate impact change work undertaken, research gaps and opportunities in the Tasmanian context', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bindoff NL; Love P; Grose MR; Remenyi TA; White CJ

2018Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love P, Phillips HE, et al., 'An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. A Report for the National Bushfire Mitigation - Tasmanian Grants Program (NBMP)', Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Fox-Hughes P; Love P; Phillips HE; Bindoff NL

2017Love P, Fox-Hughes P, Remenyi T, Harris R, Bindoff NL, 'Impact of Climate Change on Weather Related Fire Risk in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Love P; Fox-Hughes P; Remenyi T; Bindoff NL

2016Remenyi TA, Harris R, White CJ, Corney S, Jabour J, et al., 'Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures Technical Report', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and the University of Tasmania, Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; White CJ; Corney S; Jabour J; Kelty S; Norris K; Denny L; Julian R; Bindoff N

2012Grose MR, Harris R, Lee G, 'Future climate projections for Tasmanian IBRA regions: A report to the Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forest Agreement', Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, Report 6 (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Grose MR; Lee G

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Harris R, 'The thermal biology of the wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum). A model to test potential climate change impacts on insects' (2012) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Bindoff NL, 'The potential impacts of climate change on Victorian alpine resorts. A report for the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Bindoff NL

2015Cowan T, Forrest S, Guo Y, Harris RM, Huang C, et al., 'Group 1: temperature and extreme weather events', Climate change challenges to health - Risks and opportunities. Recommendations from the 2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, ACT, ISBN 978 0 85847 414, pp. 6-9. (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Law T

2015Leith PB, Harris RMB, Bridle K, Kemmerer E, Baldwin A, et al., 'A means-to-an-end: a process guide for participatory spatial prioritisation in Australian natural resource management', Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP), University of Tasmania, Hobart (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Leith PB; Bridle K

2015Wallis P, Harwood A, Leith PB, Hamilton L, Bosomworth K, et al., 'Southern slopes information portal report: climate change adaptation information for natural resource planning and implementation', Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP), Monash University, University of Tasmania, RMIT (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Harwood A; Leith PB; Bridle K

Grants & Funding

Bec has a strong track record of attracting funding and working with stakeholders to develop the tools necessary to adapt to climate change impacts.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

21

Total funding

$2,522,682

Projects

Future Climate Trajectories - Comparing Australian Wine Regions to other International Wine Regions out to 2100 (2020)$24,745
Description
A recently-completed Wine Australia project (the UT 1504 Project), entitled Australias wine future: adapting to short- term climate variability and long-term climate change, aimed to provide the wine sector with user-friendly, fine-scale, tailored climate information which includes both short-term predictions and long-term projections. Such information will inform management decisions as well as strategic decisions for the sector to manage climate variability over the longer term. The project outputs were presented to Wine Australia in December 2019 in the form of Australias Wine Future A Climate Atlas (the Atlas). Feedback on Figure 18 (see Figure 1 below) from the Atlas was that it neatly captured a key output from the UT 1504 Project, namely, that it describes projected future trajectories of change for all Australian wine regions (considering both temperature and aridity changes). It was identified that adding and/or incorporating the projected changes expected for other regions around the world into the Figure 1 below would be strategically useful for mitigating the risk that international critics of the Australian wine industry may misuse and/or misrepresent the climate outputs from the Atlas.
Funding
Wine Australia ($24,745)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Rollins D; Harris R; Love PT; Earl NO
Year
2020
Market Insights Regional Climate Snapshots (2020)$15,881
Description
This project will deliver a summary of climate variables for each of the previous seasons. This information allows the Australian and international wine industry to understand how each season performed relative to all the others. Wine Australia delivers Market Insights to the wine industry. They need assistance delivering this in the immediate term. They are also interested in learning how to complete this task in-house and request appropriate training, which this project will provide.
Funding
Wine Australia ($15,881)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Rollins D; Harris R; Love PT; Earl NO
Year
2020
Using pre and post LIDAR to assess the severity of the 2019 Tasmanian Bushfires (2019)$88,105
Description
This project aims to use pre and post fire high resolution three-dimensional remote sensing data (LiDAR) to understand the geographic variation of the environmental impacts of bushfire in unlogged and logged forested landscapes in southern Tasmania and develop new tools for post fire fuel hazard score assessment.
Funding
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($88,105)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Leonard S; Baker SC; Harris R; Jordan GJ; Lucieer A; Wardlaw TJ; Turner DJ; Williamson G; Turner PAM; Styger JK
Year
2019
A characterisation of synoptic weather features often associated with extreme events in SE Australia and Tasmania. Stage 1 - Common features of recent events (2019 - 2020)$179,520
Description
The project will identify how often negatively tilted troughs occur, how often they are associated with extreme storms/fires/lightning, and whether this pattern is an amplifier of extreme events or a stand-alone phenomenon. This will provide important information of relevance to fire managers and emergency services managing extreme storm impacts, for government and the broader community.
Funding
CRC for Bushfire Research ($179,520)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Love PT; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Fox-Hughes P
Period
2019 - 2020
Governing Bushfire in Australia (2019)$6,275
Description
This project will map Australias legal, policy and institutional frameworks for bushfire governance and analyse whether existing scholarship supports the emergence of a new sub-discipline that could be described as bushfire law. This analysis is important because, if bushfire law can be identified as a separate body of law, then urgent work is needed to clarify the relevant institutional frameworks, the scope of decision-making authority and responsibilities, and appropriate principles to guide legal and policy implementation.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,275)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McCormack P; McDonald J; Bowman DMJS; Harris R
Year
2019
Modelling coincident extreme weather events under Tasmania's future climate (2018 - 2019)$100,000
Description
This project has three objectives: To increase our understanding and awareness of the current likelihood and impact of the highest priority coincident extreme events in Tasmania. To better understand how the frequency and impact of coincident extreme events may change in the future. To inform state and local government, industries and communities so as to enable them to build their capacity to prepare for and respond to coincident extreme events.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($100,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Love PT; Harris R
Period
2018 - 2019
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate - Stage 2 (2018 - 2019)$136,533
Description
Recent research by the ACE CRC suggests there may be fewer opportunities for prescribed burning in the future as autumn and spring become warmer and drier. Changes to vegetation may also need to be considered when planning fuel management. In workshops associated with the research, Tasmanian fire managers identified several aspects that would enhance the research to help them make decisions about the timing of prescribed burning in the future. These are to:i)assess changes in plant productivity throughout the year, to indicate potential changes to fuel growth in the future;ii)further refine the vegetation model to incorporate fire intensity and improve the representation of fuel treatments;iii)model the future distributions of target species and vegetation communities (eg. Athrotaxis, alpine/subalpine communities) that may not persist under climate change;iv)assess combinations of extreme events that may occur simultaneously or successively to influence bushfire behaviour or amplify its severity in the autumn/spring periods.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($136,533)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Love PT; Bindoff NL; White CJ; Williamson G; Bowman DMJS; Fox-Hughes P
Period
2018 - 2019
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania project: Stage 3 (2018 - 2019)$50,000
Description
A reanalysis is a consistent reconstruction of the state of the atmosphere through time. This data allows users to compare weather parameters such as wind, rainfall or temperature (or derived quantities such as fire danger) through time and across the area of the reanalysis, and provides a complete description of the weather in the reanalysis domain. This project will generate a reanalysis dataset for Tasmania at 1.5 km grid spacing with hourly time steps for a 25-year period, producing a high-resolution meteorological and climatological data to inform emergency management and disaster risk activities in Tasmania. The Bureau of Meteorology has agreed to produce the reanalysis for Tasmania for ACE CRC, forming part of a wider project that will generate a nationwide Australian reanalysis product at a lower 12 km resolution. In the first phase of the project (Stage 1), the Bureau of Meteorology will provide a 5-year high-resolution NWP climatology for Tasmania at a spatial resolution of about 5 km and at an hourly time step. Both ACE CRC and the Bureau of Meteorology have declared their intention to provide the 25-year high-resolution reanalysis at 1.5 km resolution for Tasmania (Stage 2) if the Tasmania State Emergency Service provides the required additional funding in 2016.Project partners will evaluate the dataset, both at the broad scale and for specific sub-regions and time periods in considerable detail to ensure the quality of the data, with the resulting approximately 70 terabytes of data stored by TPAC. Partners will engage with stakeholders to highlight the implications of the results for emergency management in Tasmania. On completion, project and technical reports will be presented, and peer-review journal articles prepared.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($50,000)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Fox-Hughes P; Jakob D; Steinle P
Period
2018 - 2019
Review of Climate Science (2017)$48,000
Description
Review climate impact change work undertaken to date and identify research gaps and opportunities in the Tasmanian context. Develop options for program design and stakeholder engagement.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($48,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bindoff NL; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Love PT
Year
2017
Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative (2017 - 2018)$100,000
Description
Development of high priority tools and research products to enable protection of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) from adverse impacts of wildfire.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($100,000)
Scheme
Grant-National Environmental Science Prgm (NESP)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Harris R; Love PT; Fox-Hughes P
Period
2017 - 2018
Analysis of the impact of climate change on weather-related fire risk factors in the TWWHA, TWWHA01/16 (2016)$95,000
Description
The provision of those services is required to improve the States understanding of how climate change will impact on bushfire risk in the Tasmanias Wilderness World Heritage Areas (TWWHA) and further, to improve the States knowledge base for management of bushfires and prescribed burning regimes under a changing climate.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($95,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Harris R; Love PT; Fox-Hughes P
Year
2016
Australia's wine future - adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change. (2016 - 2019)$1,167,184
Description
The project will assess the impact of climate change on Australia's wine industry, and provide information to assist Australian grape growers adapt to a changing climate. The project will:I. provide high resolution climate information in an accessible and useful form to the wine regions of Australia;2. develop region-specific indices of "heat wave";3. develop variety-specific indices of heat accumulation (GDD);4. report the changes in these indices between current and future periods;5. report changes in precipitation and potential evapotranspiration between current and future periods;6. identify new varieties that could be planted in each region as the climate shifts, including varieties not currently grow1in Australia;7. estimate the temperature threshold at which returns from different varieties may diminish in different regions andidentify the point at which a transition to alternative varieties may be needed;8. identify regionally relevant adaptation options in addition to variety switching;9. identify the relationship between relevant climate variables and large scale climate drivers such as El Nifio-SouthernOscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation;10. report changes in the frequency and intensity of the large scale climate drivers under future climate change.
Funding
Wine Australia ($1,064,821)
Scheme
Grant-R&D Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Hayman P; Remenyi TA; Kerslake FL; O'Kane TJ; Katzfey J; Thomas D; Petrie P; Sadras V; Krstic M; Bindoff NL; Close DC; White CJ; Corney SP
Period
2016 - 2019
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania Project: Stage 2 (2016 - 2017)$74,889
Description
A reanalysis is a consistent reconstruction of the state of the atmosphere through time. This data allows users to compare weather parameters such as wind, rainfall or temperature (or derived quantities such as fire danger) through time and across the area of the reanalysis, and provides a complete description of the weather in the reanalysis domain. This project will generate a reanalysis dataset for Tasmania at 1.5 km grid spacing with hourly time steps for a 25-year period, producing a high-resolution meteorological and climatological data to inform emergency management and disaster risk activities in Tasmania. The Bureau of Meteorology has agreed to produce the reanalysis for Tasmania for ACE CRC, forming part of a wider project that will generate a nationwide Australian reanalysis product at a lower 12 km resolution. In the first phase of the project (Stage 1), the Bureau of Meteorology will provide a 5-year high-resolution NWP climatology for Tasmania at a spatial resolution of about 5 km and at an hourly time step. Both ACE CRC and the Bureau of Meteorology will then provide the 25-year high-resolution reanalysis at 1.5 km resolution for Tasmania (Stages 2 and 3) if the Tasmania State Emergency Service provides the required additional funding in 2016 and again in 2017.Project partners will evaluate the dataset, both at the broad scale and for specific sub-regions and time periods in considerable detail to ensure the quality of the data, with the resulting approximately 70 terabytes of data stored by TPAC. Partners will engage with stakeholders to highlight the implications of the results for emergency management in Tasmania. On completion, project and technical reports will be presented, and peer-review journal articles prepared.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($74,889)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Fox-Hughes P; Jakob D; Steinle P
Period
2016 - 2017
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Victorian Alpine Resorts - Stage 1: Impact of Investing in Snow Making (2015)$15,860
Description
1.A literature review of Australian and international research into the economic viability of snow-making under climate change;2.An overview of the changes projected to occur in mean temperature, precipitation and snow over the Australian Alps region, based on the new projections;3.Updating the model developed, as a part of the Landscapes and Policy Hub, by Dr Lee and Prof Tisdell, to include new 2013 and 2014 data;4.Report on the major findings of Dr Lee and Prof Tisdells work analysing the impact of snow making on visitation patterns on a yearly basis;5.Provision of the updated model as an R script (for use by the ARCC); and6.Extraction of sub-daily data for variables used in calculating snow making conditions (Stage 2).
Funding
Alpine Resort Co-ordinating Council ($15,860)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL
Year
2015
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Victorian Alpine Resorts - Stage 1b & Stage 2 Overview of Widespread Impacts of Climate Change on Individual Alpine Resorts at Finer Temporal Scales (2015)$35,690
Description
An assessment of the economic viability and impact of investing in snow making in the Victorian alpine resorts in the context of the potential impacts of climate change.
Funding
Alpine Resort Co-ordinating Council ($35,690)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL
Year
2015
Updating Hobart City Council draft Climate Change Guidelines (2015)$2,000
Description
The project will calculate climate variables at suitable intervals to provide more detailed information to be used for decision making across Hobart City Council, and provide a background report considering the Climate Futures for Tasmania projections in the context of recently released projections from the new CMIPS archive.
Funding
Hobart City Council ($2,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA
Year
2015
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate (2015 - 2016)$130,000
Description
The project will investigate three aspects that could affect the viability of prescribed burning under climate change.1. Changes in the seasonality of factors that determine when prescribed burning can be applied;2. Changes in the frequency and seasonality of daily weather patterns related to prescribed burning;3. Changes to broad vegetation types caused by the interaction between climate change and frequency of burning (natural or prescribed).
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($130,000)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; White CJ
Period
2015 - 2016
Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures (2015)$86,800
Description
This project will consider the impacts of a changing climate on emergency service volunteer resources in Tasmania.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($86,800)
Scheme
Grant-Emergency Volunteer Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Harris R; White CJ; Corney SP; Bindoff NL; Kelty SF; Denny LJ; Julian RD; Norris K; Jabour JA
Year
2015
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania Project: Stage 1 (2015 - 2016)$160,000
Description
A reanalysis is a consistent reconstruction of the state of the atmosphere through time. This allows users to compare weatherparameters such as wind, rainfall or temperature (or derived quantities such as fire danger) through time and across the area of the reanalysis, and provides a complete description of the weather in the reanalysis domain. The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI), Victoria, commissioned the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada, to create a reanalysis for Victoria, with a resolution of 4 km and 1 hour. A Tasmanian project would leverage off the experience, and some of the background data, of the Victorian reanalysis. The project will generate a reanalysis dataset for Tasmania at 3 km grid spacingwith 1 hour time steps for 1980-2014. Project partners will evaluate the dataset, both at the broad scale and for specific sub regions and time periods in considerable detail to ensure the quality of the data, with the resulting approximately 70 terabytes of data stored by TPAC. A user interface will be constructed for data access, and partners will engage with stakeholders to highlight the implications of the results for emergency management in Tasmania. On completion, project and technical reports will be presented, and peer-review journal articles prepared.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($160,000)
Scheme
Grant-NDRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Fox-Hughes P; Jakob D; Steinle P
Period
2015 - 2016
Impacts of Climate Change on the Body Size of the Wingless Grasshopper (2008)$5,000
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McQuillan PB; Harris R
Year
2008
Insect Body Size: the Importance of Temperature and the Potential Influence of Climate Change (2007)$1,200
Funding
Australian Museum ($1,200)
Scheme
Grant-Postgraduate Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McQuillan PB; Harris R
Year
2007

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DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersAn Analysis of Existing and Experimental Weather Based Ratings, Indicators and Metrics in Reference to Fire Potentiality and Behaviour in Australia2019
PhDEstimating Uncertainty in Agricultural Model Scaling (EUAgMS)2019
PhDUnderstanding the Socioecological Drivers of Public Perceptions of Species Non-Nativeness in the Context of Novel Urban Ecosystem Services and Disservices2019
PhDEstimation of Relative Importance of Indicators in Bushfire Mapping and Monitoring2019
PhDRecognition of Rugged Terrains Causing Atypical Fire2019
PhDChanging Coastalscapes: mapping values, relations, and adaptive trajectories along the coasts of SouthernTasmania2020