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The Australian National University

Dr Sophie Lewis

ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Climatology (Excl. Climate Change Processes) 040105
  • Climate Change Processes 040104

Research interests

  • Climate change and variability
  • Climate extremes
  • Australian climate
  • Palaeoclimates


I am a climate scientist interested in understanding climate change and variability, in the past, present and future.

I completed my PhD in 2011 investigating long-term changes in the Australian monsoon system. Since then, I have worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne and the ANU investigating the causes of recent extreme climate events in Australia.

I’m currently working on several research projects focusing on the attribution of extreme climate events, the evaluation of climate models and reconstructing past climatic change. 


Researcher's projects

ARC DECRA (DE160100092)


This project aims to address fundamental questions about the causes of Australia’s rainfall variability, providing crucial information about how changing climates affect the water cycle. Bringing together earth system data from ground-based and satellite observations, palaeoclimate reconstructions and climate model simulations, it will be the first comprehensive analysis of the processes that cause change in Australia’s rainfall. The project aims to integrate these datasets using the novel analysis of water isotopes, an important diagnostic of the water cycle.This isotope-based approach will evaluate how Australia’s rainfall responds to natural and anthropogenic drivers and identify the processes behind recently observed rainfall extremes.



Projects and Grants

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