The Eastern Seaboard Climate Change Initiative (ESCCI) is a major research collaboration led by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) with partner organisations:
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Sydney Institute of Marine Science
- University of NSW
- University of Newcastle
- Macquarie University.
The ESCCI-East Coast Lows Program is a suite of research projects established in 2010. The research aims to improve our understanding of past, current and future East Coast Lows (ECLs) and assess how they influence extreme rainfall, coastal processes and water security.
The program is funded through the NSW Environmental Trust, the partner organisations, the NSW Department of Finance and Services, Hunter Water Corporation and was supported under an Australian Research Council's Linkage Project.
Projects in the ESCCI - East Coast Lows Program are:
- Project 1 - Eastern Seaboard Climate Hazard Tool: Bureau of Meteorology
- Project 2 - Projections of future ECL frequency and intensity along the NSW coast: A/Prof. Jason Evans, Climate Change Research Centre, University of NSW
- Project 3 - Understanding long term natural variability of ECLs: A/Prof. Ian Goodwin, Climate Futures, Macquarie University
- Project 4 - Assessing regional coastal and estuarine impacts of extreme ECLs: A/Prof. Ian Goodwin, Climate Futures, Macquarie University
- Project 5 - Regional water security impacts of extreme ECLs on South-Eastern Seaboard reservoirs: Prof. Garry Willgoose, University of Newcastle
- Project 6 - Generic framework to determine the economic impact on Australian locations from natural and man-made disaster events: Dr Kevin Roche, Risk Frontiers, Macquarie University