Publications

Publications

12. Thorne, P. W., Allan, R. J., Ashcroft, L., Brohan, P., Dunn, R. J. H., Menne, M. J., Pearce, P.R., Picas, J. and coauthors, 2017. Towards an integrated set of surface meteorological observations for climate science and applications. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, early view. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0165.1.

11. Ashcroft, L., Allan, R., Bridgman, H., Gergis, J., Pudmenzky, C, and Thornton, K., 2016. Current climate data rescue activities in Australia. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. 33: 1323. DOI: 10.1007/s00376-016-6189-5.

10. Coll, J.R., Aguilar, E., and Ashcroft, L., 2016. Drought variability and change across the Iberian Peninsula. Theoretical and Applied Climatolology, online view (paywalled). DOI: 10.1007/s00704-016-1926-3.

9. Pérez-Zanón, N., Sigró, J., and Ashcroft, L., 2016. Temperature and precipitation regional climate series over the central Pyrenees during 1910–2013. International Journal of Climatology, online view. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4823.

8. Ashcroft, L., Gergis, J. and Karoly, D.J., 2016. Long-term stationarity of El Niño–Southern Oscillation teleconnections in southeastern Australia. Climate Dynamics, 46(9): 2991–3006. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2746-3 (paywalled but accepted manuscript available here).

7. Cram, T. A., Compo, G. P., Yin, X., Allan, R. J., McColl, C., Vose, R. S., Whitaker, J. S., Matsui, N., Ashcroft, L. and coauthors, 2015. The International Surface Pressure Databank version 2. Geoscience Data Journal, 2: 31–46. DOI: 10.1002/gdj3.25.

6. Pérez-Zanón, N., Sigró, J., Domonkos, P., and Ashcroft, L., 2015. Comparison of HOMER and ACMANT homogenization methods using a central Pyrenees temperature dataset. Advances in Science and Research, 12, 111–119, DOI:10.5194/asr-12-111-2015.

5. Ashcroft, L., Gergis, J. and Karoly, D.J., 2014b. A historical climate dataset for southeastern Australia, 1788–1859. Geosciences Data Journal, 1(2): 158–178, DOI: 10.1002/gdj3.19.

4. Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D.J. and Gergis, J., 2014a. Southeastern Australian climate variations 1860–2009: a multivariate analysis. International Journal of Climatology, 34 (6): 1928–1944. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3812.

3. Gergis, J. and Ashcroft, L., 2013. Rainfall variations in south-eastern Australia part 2: a comparison of documentary, early instrumental and palaeoclimate records, 1788–2008. International Journal of Climatology 33 (14): 2973–2987. DOI: 1002/joc.3639.

2. Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D.J. and Gergis, J., 2012. Temperature variations of southeastern Australia, 1860–2011. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal 62: 227–245. Download here.

1. Ashcroft, L., Pezza, A.B. and Simmonds I., 2009. Cold events over southern Australia: synoptic climatology and hemispheric structure. Journal of Climate 22(24): 6679–6698, DOI: 10.1175/2009JCLI2997.1.

Theses

  1. Ashcroft, L., 2014. Extending the instrumental climate record of southeastern Australia. PhD thesis, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, 516 pp. Abstract here.
  2. Ashcroft L., 2007. Polar Outbreaks over Southern Australia: synoptic mechanisms and planetary links. Honours Thesis submitted as part of the B.Sc. (Hons) degree in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

Data and details

  • Monthly southeastern Australian climate data for 1788–1859 described by Ashcroft et al. (2014b) are available here. Please contact me for more details about original sources, or refer to the publication.
  • Dates and sizes of the adjustments made to 1860–2009 southeastern Australian temperature, rainfall and atmospheric pressure data can be found here. For details, please refer to Ashcroft et al. (2012), Gergis and Ashcroft (2013) and Ashcroft et al. (2014a), or contact me. You can also read details about the pre-1910 data from the Bureau of Meteorology, and see a talk of mine here.

Selected conference posters and oral presentations

2017

28.     Ashcroft, L., Bridgman, H. ,Thornton, K., Di Gravio, G., and Oates, W. 2017. The Eversleigh Historical Meteorological Data Set, Part 3: Climate variability in New England, 1882–1922. Poster presentation, AMOS/MSNZ Conference and ANZ Climate Forum 2017, 7–10 February, Canberra, Australia.

27.     Ashcroft, L. Trials and tribulations of data digitisation. 2017. Poster presentation, AMOS/MSNZ Conference and ANZ Climate Forum 2017, 7–10 February, Canberra, Australia.

26.     Ashcroft, L. and Lorrey, A. 2017. Combining palaeoclimate tools and historical data to explain 19th century Southern Hemisphere temperature variability. Poster presentation, AMOS/MSNZ Conference and ANZ Climate Forum 2017, 7–10 February, Canberra, Australia.

25.    Ashcroft, L., Gergis, J. and Karoly, D.J. 2017. A historical climate dataset for southeastern Australia. Poster presentation, AMOS/MSNZ Conference and ANZ Climate Forum 2017, 7–10 February, Canberra, Australia.

2016

24.     Ashcroft, L., Brunet, M., Castella, M., and Coll, J.R. 2016. UERRA: Recovery and quality control of subdaily data over Europe. Oral presentation, 9th ACRE Workshop and Historical Weather and Climate Data, 20–24 June 2016, Maynooth, Ireland.

23.     Ashcroft, L., and Karoly, D.J. 2016. Historical extreme rainfall in Australia. Oral presentation,European Geophysical Union General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April, Vienna, Austria.

2015

22.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D.J., and Gergis, J. 2015. Extending southeastern Australia’s instrumental climate record: data quality and availability, 1788–1859. Oral presentation, 10th EUMETNET Data Management Workshop, 28–30 October 2015, St Gallen, Switzerland.

21.     Ashcroft, L., Coll, J.R., Castellà, M., Domonkos, P., Aguilar, E., Sigró, J., and Brunet, M. 2015. Rescue and quality control of sub-daily data. Poster presentation, 10th EUMETNET Data Management Workshop, 28–30 October 2015, St Gallen, Switzerland.

20.     Ashcroft, L., Coll, J.R., Castellà, M., Domonkos, P., Aguilar, E., Sigró, J., and Brunet, M. 2015. Rescue and quality control of European sub-daily data. Poster presentation, 15th EMS Annual Meeting & 12th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology (ECAM), 07–11 September 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria.

19.     Ashcroft, L., Coll, J.R., Domonkos, P., Castellà, M., and Brunet, M. 2015. Rescue and Quality Control of Sub-Daily Observations: An Iberian Case Study. Poster presentation, International Symposium CLIMATE-ES 2015, 11–13 March 2015, Tortosa, Spain.

18.     Ashcroft L., 2015. UERRA Work Package 1 Quality Control Strategy. Oral presentation, Second General Assembly for Uncertainties in Ensembles of Regional Reanalysis, 27–28 January 2015, Tortosa, Spain.

2014

17.     Paton, B., Ashcroft, L. 2014. Inspiring by doing: citizen science and education. Oral presentation, Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc Annual Conference 24–26 August 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

16.     Gillies, C., Ashcroft, L., Chambers, L.E., Keatley, M.R. 2014. ClimateWatch: Australia’s phenological citizen science program. Oral presentation, 20th International Congress of Biometeorology, 28 September–2 October 2014, Cleveland, USA

15.     Gergis, J., Neukom, R., Gallant, A., Karoly, D.J., Ashcroft, L., Braganza, K. and Henley, B., 2014. The role of palaeoclimatology in understanding decadal variability in the Australian region – recent advances and work in progress. Oral presentation, Australian Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science Workshop on Decadal Climate Variability and Cliimate Change, 5 March 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

14.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D.J., and Gergis, J., 2014. Southeastern Australian climate variability 1835–2012: extending the instrumental record. Oral presentation, 20th Annual Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference, Hobart, Australia, 12–14 February, 2014. Highly Commended Student Presentation.

13.     Ashcroft L., Nga, C., Gillies, C. 2014. ClimateWatch: an initiative of the Earthwatch Institute. Oral presentation, 2014 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres Conference, 4 February, 2014, Newcastle, Australia.

2013

12.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D. and Gergis, J., 2013. Southeastern Australia climate variations 1860–2009: using historical data to test teleconnection stability. Poster presentation, European Geophysical Union General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, 7–12 April 2013. Awarded the Keith Runcorn Travel Award for Non-Europeans to attend the European Geophysical Union General Assembly.

11.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D. and Gergis, J., 2013. Southeastern Australia temperature, pressure and rainfall variations from 1860–1910 using historical data. Oral presentation, 19th Annual Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference, Melbourne, Australia, 11–13 February, 2013. Awarded Best Student Oral Presentation.

10.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D. and Gergis, J., 2013. ‘An indefatigable pioneer of civilisation and science’: the weather records of W.B. Clarke, 1840–1850. Poster presentation, 19th Annual Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference, Melbourne, Australia, 11–13 February 2013.

2012

9.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D. and Gergis, J., 2012. South Eastern Australian Recent Climate History. Oral presentation, 5th Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) workshop, Toulouse, France, 28 November 2012 (via teleconference).

8.     Ashcroft L., 2012. Reconstructing Australia’s early climate recordInvited speaker, Australian Bureau of Meteorology Introductory Climate Course 2012, Melbourne, Australia, 19 June 2012.

7.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D.J. and Gergis, J., 2012. Southeastern Australian temperature variations 1860–1910. Poster presentation, 18th Annual Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference, Sydney, Australia, 31 January–3 February 2012.

2011

6.     Ashcroft, L., Karoly, D.J. and Gergis, J., 2011. A temperature record for southeastern Australia 1860–1910. Poster presentation, World Climate Research Programme Open Science conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, 24–28 October 2011.

5.     Karoly, D.J, Gergis, J. and Ashcroft, L., 2011. South Eastern Australian Recent Climate History. Oral presentation, 4th Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) workshop, De Bilt, The Netherlands, 23 September 2011 (via teleconference)

4.     Gergis, J., Fenby, C., Ashcroft, L., Garden, D. and Karoly, D. (2011). A rainfall history of New South Wales, Australia, using documentary and meteorological records, 1788–2009. Poster presentation, XVIII International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Congress, Bern, Switzerland, 21–27 July 2011.

Pre-2011

3.     Ashcroft, L., Gergis, J. and Karoly, D.J., 2011. Early meteorological observations in New South Wales. Oral presentation, Extreme Weather 2011: Joint Conference of the New Zealand Meteorology Society and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Wellington, New Zealand, 9–11 February 2011.

2.     Ashcroft, L., Gergis, J. and Karoly, D.J., 2010. South Eastern Australia early instrumental data recoveryInvited speaker, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research workshop on Improving Pacific Island Meteorological Data Rescue and Data Visualisation Capabilities through Involvement in Emerging Climate Research Programmes, 29 September, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand

1 .     Ashcroft, L., Pezza, A.B. and Simmonds, I. 2009. Cold events over southern Australia: synoptic climatology and hemispheric links. Oral presentation, 9th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, 9–13 February 2009, Melbourne, Australia.

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