I am a hydroclimatologist, which means I study the water cycle and how it interacts with other parts of the climate system. I study the way moisture moves from the ocean through the atmosphere to the land, and how changes in that movement affect climate extremes like droughts and floods.
My PhD research focused on the role of land-atmosphere feedbacks and their impact on Australian rainfall and drought.
After completing my doctorate, I held a Research Scientist position at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology where I worked to understand how well Australia’s climate models represent land-atmosphere feedbacks.
Prior to my PhD I worked as a Hydrologist and Water Resources Engineer. I provided technical advice to the Australian federal, state and local governments, as well as resource companies and transport authorities. I collaborated on, helped develop and executed a variety of hydrological projects, including the areas of: groundwater and surface water field investigation, hydraulic and hydrologic analysis and modelling, environmental assessment of major projects, groundwater-surface water connectivity studies and water balance assessment.
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Holgate, C. M., A. S. Pepler, I. Rudeva, and N. J. Abram, 2023: Anthropogenic warming reduces the likelihood of drought-breaking extreme rainfall events in southeast Australia. Weather and Climate Extremes, 42, 100607, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2023.100607.
Gillett, Z. E., A. S. Taschetto, C. M. Holgate, and A. Santoso, 2023: Linking ENSO to Synoptic Weather Systems in Eastern Australia. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2023GL104814, https://doi.org/10.1029/2023GL104814.
Li, H., Keune, J., Gou, Q., Holgate, C.M., Miralles, D., 2023: Heat and moisture anomalies during crop failure events in the Southeastern Australian wheat belt. Earth's Future (under review).
Holgate, C.M., J. P. Evans, A. S. Taschetto, A. S. Gupta, and A. Santoso, 2022: The impact of interacting climate modes on east Australian precipitation moisture sources. Journal of Climate, 1, 1–31, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0750.1.
Holgate, C. M., A. I. J. M. Van Dijk, J. P. Evans, and A. J. Pitman, 2020: Local and Remote Drivers of Southeast Australian Drought. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL090238, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL090238.
Holgate, C. M., J. P. Evans, A. I. J. M. van Dijk, A. J. Pitman, and G. D. Virgilio, 2020: Australian Precipitation Recycling and Evaporative Source Regions. Journal of Climate, 33, 8721–8735, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0926.1.
Holgate, C. M., A. I. J. M. V. Dijk, J. P. Evans, and A. J. Pitman, 2019: The Importance of the One-Dimensional Assumption in Soil Moisture - Rainfall Depth Correlation at Varying Spatial Scales. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, 2964–2975, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JD029762.
Holgate, C. M., A. I. J. M. Van DIjk, G. J. Cary, and M. Yebra, 2017: Using alternative soil moisture estimates in the McArthur Forest Fire Danger Index. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26, 806–819, https://doi.org/10.1071/WF16217.
Vogel, E., Holgate, C.M., Cairns, J., Ramchurn, A., Frost, A.J., and van Dijk, A.I.J.M., 2017: Seasonal soil moisture forecasting using the AWRA landscape water balance model. 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Hobart, Australia, 3-8 December 2017.
Holgate, C. M., and Coauthors, 2016: Comparison of Remotely Sensed and Modelled Soil Moisture Data Sets across Australia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 186, 479–500, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2016.09.015.
Holgate, C.M., A.S., Sen Gupta, A., Santoso, A., (2022). The east coast rain seems endless. Where on earth is all the water coming from? The Conversation (link).
Holgate, C.M., Evans, J.P. and van Dijk, A. I. J. M (2020). We looked at 35 years of rainfall and learnt how droughts start in the Murray-Darling Basin. The Conversation (link).