Dr Sophie Lewis

Senior Lecturer
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LOCATION

Room 309 PEMS North (Bldg 22) School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS
  • CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Dr Sophie Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Geography in the School of Physical, Environment and Mathematical Sciences (PEMS) at UNSW Canberra. She has a particular research focus on recent extreme rainfall and temperature events in Australia. She has a PhD from the Australian National University (2011).

Her work also involves proxy-model comparisons to understand natural and anthropogenic influence on climate. Sophie is currently involved in research projects that aim to understand current rainfall extremes in a long-term context. Her research uses climate models, observations and palaeoclimate records to provide a long-term perspective on recent climate change.

Dr Lewis is an ARC DECRA Fellow, an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and a Lead Author for Working Group 1 for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report

Books

Lewis SC, 2017, A changing climate for science, 10.1007/978-3-319-54265-2

Book Chapters

Lewis S; Karoly D; King A; Perkins-Kirkpatrick S; Donat M, 2017, 'Mechanisms Explaining Recent Changes in Australian Climate Extremes', in Climate Extremes: Patterns and Mechanisms, John Wiley & Sons, 10.1002/9781119068020.ch15

Journal articles

Goldie J; Alexander L; Lewis SC; Sherwood SC; Bambrick H, 2018, 'Changes in relative fit of human heat stress indices to cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal hospitalizations across five Australian urban populations', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 62, pp. 423 - 432, 10.1007/s00484-017-1451-9

Lewis SC, 2018, 'Assessing the stationarity of australian precipitation extremes in forced and unforced CMIP5 simulations', Journal of Climate, vol. 31, pp. 131 - 145, 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0393.1

Wurtzel JB; Abram NJ; Lewis SC; Bajo P; Hellstrom JC; Troitzsch U; Heslop D, 2018, 'Tropical Indo-Pacific hydroclimate response to North Atlantic forcing during the last deglaciation as recorded by a speleothem from Sumatra, Indonesia', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 492, pp. 264 - 278, 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.001

Lewis SC; King AD; Perkins-Kirkpkpatrick SE, 2017, 'Defining a new normal for extremes in a warming world', Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 98, pp. 1139 - 1152, 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0183.1

Goldie J; Alexander L; Lewis SC; Sherwood S, 2017, 'Comparative evaluation of human heat stress indices on selected hospital admissions in Sydney, Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, pp. 381 - 387, 10.1111/1753-6405.12692

Lewis SC, 2017, 'Mitigating the risks of rapid event attribution in the gray literature', Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 98, pp. 2065 - 2072, 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0320.1

Lewis SC; King AD; Mitchell DM, 2017, 'Australia's Unprecedented Future Temperature Extremes Under Paris Limits to Warming', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 44, pp. 9947 - 9956, 10.1002/2017GL074612

Lewis SC; King AD, 2017, 'Evolution of mean, variance and extremes in 21st century temperatures', Weather and Climate Extremes, vol. 15, pp. 1 - 10, 10.1016/j.wace.2016.11.002

Smerdon JE; Luterbacher J; Phipps SJ; Anchukaitis KJ; Ault T; Coats S; Cobb KM; Cook BI; Colose C; Felis T, 2017, 'Comparing proxy and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era', Climate of the Past, vol. 13, pp. 1851 - 1900, 10.5194/cp-13-1851-2017

Dittus AJ; Karoly DJ; Lewis SC; Alexander LV; Donat MG, 2016, 'A multiregion model evaluation and attribution study of historical changes in the area affected by temperature and precipitation extremes', Journal of Climate, vol. 29, pp. 8285 - 8299, 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0164.1

Gallant AJE; Lewis SC, 2016, 'Stochastic and anthropogenic influences on repeated record-breaking temperature extremes in Australian spring of 2013 and 2014', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 43, pp. 2182 - 2191, 10.1002/2016GL067740

King AD; Donat MG; Fischer EM; Hawkins E; Alexander LV; Karoly DJ; Dittus AJ; Lewis SC; Perkins SE, 2015, 'The timing of anthropogenic emergence in simulated climate extremes', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 10, 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094015

Dittus AJ; Karoly DJ; Lewis SC; Alexander LV, 2015, 'A multiregion assessment of observed changes in the areal extent of temperature and precipitation extremes', Journal of Climate, vol. 28, pp. 9206 - 9220, 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00753.1

Peterson TC; Hoerling MP; Stott PA; Herring SC; Barriopedro D; Black MT; Carey-Smith T; Castillo R; Cattiaux J; Chen X, 2015, 'Explaining extreme events of 2012 from a climate perspective', Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 94, 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00085.1

Lewis SC; Karoly DJ, 2015, 'Are estimates of anthropogenic and natural influences on Australia’s extreme 2010–2012 rainfall model-dependent?', Climate Dynamics, vol. 45, pp. 679 - 695, 10.1007/s00382-014-2283-5

Lewis SC, 2015, 'Can public perceptions of Australian climate extremes be reconciled with the statistics of climate change?', Weather and Climate Extremes, vol. 12, pp. 33 - 42, 10.1016/j.wace.2015.11.008

Lewis SC; King AD, 2015, 'Dramatically increased rate of observed hot record breaking in recent Australian temperatures', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 42, pp. 7776 - 7784, 10.1002/2015GL065793

Lewis SC; Legrande AN, 2015, 'Stability of ENSO and its tropical Pacific teleconnections over the Last Millennium', Climate of the Past, vol. 11, pp. 1347 - 1360, 10.5194/cp-11-1347-2015

King AD; Van Oldenborgh GJ; Karoly DJ; Lewis SC; Cullen H, 2015, 'Attribution of the record high Central England temperature of 2014 to anthropogenic influences', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 10, 10.1088/1748-9326/10/5/054002

Lewis SC; LeGrande AN, 2015, 'Stability of ENSO and its tropical Pacific teleconnections over the Last Millennium', Climate of the Past Discussions, vol. 11, pp. 1579 - 1613, 10.5194/cpd-11-1579-2015

Dittus AJ; Karoly DJ; Lewis SC; Alexander LV, 2014, 'An investigation of some unexpected frost day increases in Southern Australia', Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, vol. 64, pp. 261 - 271, 10.22499/2.6404.002

Lewis SC; Karoly DJ; Yu M, 2014, 'Quantitative estimates of anthropogenic contributions to extreme national and State monthly, seasonal and annual average temperatures for Australia', Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, vol. 64, pp. 215 - 230, 10.22499/2.6403.004

Lewis SC; Karoly DJ, 2014, 'Assessment of forced responses of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) 1.3 in CMIP5 historical detection and attribution experiments', Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, vol. 64, pp. 87 - 101

Lewis SC; LeGrande AN; Schmidt GA; Kelley M, 2014, 'Comparison of forced ENSO-like hydrological expressions in simulations of the preindustrial and mid-holocene', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 119, pp. 7064 - 7082, 10.1002/2013JD020961

Lewis SC; Karoly DJ, 2014, 'THE ROLE OF ANTHROPOGENIC FORCING IN THE RECORD 2013 AUSTRALIA-WIDE ANNUAL AND SPRING TEMPERATURES', BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, vol. 95, pp. S31 - S34

Lewis SC; Karoly DJ, 2013, 'Evaluation of historical diurnal temperature range trends in CMIP5 models', Journal of Climate, vol. 26, pp. 9077 - 9089, 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00032.1

Lewis SC; Legrande AN; Kelley M; Schmidt GA, 2013, 'Modeling insights into deuterium excess as an indicator of water vapor source conditions', Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, vol. 118, pp. 243 - 262, 10.1029/2012JD017804

Lewis SC; Karoly DJ, 2013, 'Anthropogenic contributions to Australia's record summer temperatures of 2013', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 40, pp. 3708 - 3709, 10.1002/grl.50673

Lewis SC; Gagan MK; Ayliffe LK; Zhao JX; Hantoro WS; Treble PC; Hellstrom JC; LeGrande AN; Kelley M; Schmidt GA, 2011, 'High-resolution stalagmite reconstructions of Australian-Indonesian monsoon rainfall variability during Heinrich stadial 3 and Greenland interstadial 4', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 303, pp. 133 - 142, 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.12.048

Tierney JE; Lewis SC; Cook BI; LeGrande AN; Schmidt GA, 2011, 'Model, proxy and isotopic perspectives on the East African Humid Period', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 307, pp. 103 - 112, 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.04.038

Lewis SC; Legrande AN; Kelley M; Schmidt GA, 2010, 'Water vapour source impacts on oxygen isotope variability in tropical precipitation during Heinrich events', Climate of the Past, vol. 6, pp. 325 - 343, 10.5194/cp-6-325-2010

Kershaw AP; Bretherton SC; van der Kaars S, 2007, 'A complete pollen record of the last 230 ka from Lynch's Crater, north-eastem Australia', PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY, vol. 251, pp. 23 - 45, 10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.02.015

Smerdon JE; Luterbacher J; Phipps SJ; Anchukaitis KJ; Ault T; Coats S; Cobb KM; Cook BI; Colose C; Felis T, 'Comparing proxy and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era', Climate of the Past Discussions, pp. 1 - 70, 10.5194/cp-2017-37


Climate change in Australia: heatwaves and blackouts?

Climate change is already increasing the frequency and severity of Australia’s heatwaves, with consequences for human health and infrastructure. Climate projections show that temperatures in Australia’s major populated cities could reach 50°C this century. How will our cities and our power systems cope as heatwaves become more severe?

This project will explore how hot extremes will change in coming decades and whether our energy forecasting systems are adequately planning for these extremes.

The candidate

We are looking for an outstanding student with a strong academic record and interest in undertaking a PhD. Students with a background in climate, atmospheric or mathematical sciences, or similar quantitative sciences are welcome. The Honours program will provide an opportunity for the student to develop their skills in scientific programming.

A $2,500 scholarship is provided for the project, commencing in Semester 2, 2018. Students may be eligible for additional funding through UNSW Canberra and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to Dr Sophie Lewis (s.lewis@adfa.edu.au) by Friday 1 June 2018. A CV, academic transcript and the names of up to two academic referees should be provided.

About Honours

Honours is a one-year addendum to a 3-year undergraduate degree. You do not need to undertake your honours year at the same university where you completed your 3-year degree. Honours is an opportunity to develop your capacity for critical thinking and independent research, and a pathway into a PhD program. The honours year will consist of a research project culminating in the writing of a thesis, and a coursework component.

UNSW Canberra and Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

he student will be located at UNSW Canberra in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, which focuses on cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in the physical and human sciences. The project will be supervised by Dr Sophie Lewis, an ARC DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer.

The successful candidate will also be affiliated with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, an international consortium of five Australian universities and a suite of outstanding national and international partners. The Centre provides excellent opportunities for travel and graduate student development.