Dr Annette Hirsch

PhD (Climate Science) awarded 2015 at UNSW
Research Associate

Visiting Professor Michael Roderick as part of the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Arrived: 12/02/2018

Annette has recently returned to Australia from a 2 year postdoc at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Her postdoctoral research focused on implementing land management practices in climate models to evaluate the impact of land use on climate extremes, with some emphasis on low emission scenarios through the multi-model HAPPI-Land project.

Research interests

I’m interested in how we can build resilience to extreme events in our cities by exploiting our existing knowledge of land-atmosphere interactions through conventional and emerging mitigation strategies such as green roofs and cool roofs. I intend to explore this using a high resolution regional climate model that includes urban processes. I’d like to investigate whether we could optimise city expansion for mitigating the impacts of heatwaves without compromising societal needs.


Hirsch, A. L., B. P. Guillod, S. I. Seneviratne, U. Beyerle, L. R. Boysen, V. Brovkin, E. L. Davin, J. C. Doelman, H. Kim, D. M. Mitchell, T. Nitta, H. Shiogama, S. Sparrow, E. Stehfest, D. P. van Vuuren, and S. Wilson (2018) Biogeophysical impacts of land use change on climate extremes in low emission scenarios: Results from HAPPI-Land. Earths Future. Accepted 09.02.2018, doi:10.1002/2017EF000744.

Seneviratne, S. I., R. Wartenburger, B. P. Guillod, A. L. Hirsch, M. M. Vogel, V. Brovkin, D. P. van Vuuren, N. Schaller, L. Boysen, K. V. Calvin, E. L. Davin, J. Doelman, P. Greve, P. Havlik, F. Humpenöder, T. Krisztin, D. Mitchell, A. Popp, K. Riahi, J. Rogelj, C.-F. Schleussner, J. Sillmann, and E. Stehfest (2018), Climate extremes, land-climate feedbacks, and land-use forcing at 1.5˚C. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. Accepted 31.01.2018, doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0450.

Seneviratne, S. I., S. J. Phipps, A. J. Pitman, A. L. Hirsch, E. L. Davin, M. G. Donat, M. Hirschi, A. Lenton, M. Wilhelm, and B. Kravitz (2018) Land radiative management as contributor to regional-scale climate adaptation and mitigation. Nature Geoscience, 11, 88-96, doi:10.1038/s41561-017-0057-5.

Hirsch, A. L., M. Wilhelm, E. L. Davin, W. Thiery, and S. I. Seneviratne (2017) Can climate-effective land management reduce regional warming? J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 2269-2288, doi:10.1002/2016JD026125.

Thiery, W., E. L. Davin, D. M. Lawrence, A. L. Hirsch, M. Hauser and S. I. Seneviratne (2017) Present-day irrigation mitigates heat extremes. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 1403-1422, doi:10.1002/2016JD025740.

Hirsch, A. L., A. J. Pitman and V. Haverd (2016) Evaluating land-atmosphere coupling using a resistance pathway framework. J. Hydrometeor., 17(10), 2615-2630, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-15-0204.1.

Hirsch, A. L., A. J. Pitman, J. Kala, R. Lorenz and M. G. Donat (2015) Modulation of land use change impacts on temperature extremes via land-atmosphere coupling over Australia. Earth Interactions19, 1-24, doi: 10.1175/EI-D-15-0011.1.

Lorenz, R., A. J. Pitman, A. L. Hirsch and J. Srbinovsky (2015) Intraseasonal versus interannual measures of land-atmosphere coupling strength in a global climate model: GLACE-1 versus GLACE-CMIP5 experiments in ACCESS1.3b. J. Hydrometeor.16, 2276-2295, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0206.1.

Hirsch, A. L., A. J. Pitman, and J. Kala (2014) The role of land cover change in modulating the soil moisture-temperature land-atmosphere coupling strength over Australia. Geophys. Res. Lett.41(16), 5883–5890, doi: 10.1002/2014GL061179.

Hirsch, A. L., A. J. Pitman, S. I. Seneviratne, J. P. Evans, and V. Haverd (2014) Summertime maximum and minimum temperature asymmetry over Australia determined using WRF. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41(5), 1546–1552, doi: 10.1002/2013GL059055.

Hirsch, A. L., J. Kala, A. J. Pitman, C. Carouge, J. P. Evans, V. Haverd and D. Mocko (2014) Impact of land surface initialisation approach on sub-seasonal forecast skill: a regional analysis in the southern hemisphere. J. Hydrometeor., 15, 300–319, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-13-05.1.

Lorenz, R., A. J. Pitman, M. G. Donat, A. L. Hirsch, J. Kala, E. A. Kowalczyk, R. M. Law, and J. Srbinovsky (2014) Representation of climate extreme indices in the coupled atmosphere-land surface model ACCESS1.3b. Geosci. Model Dev. 7, 545–567, doi: 10.5194/gmd-7-545-2014.

Taylor, J. R., A. L. Hirsch, and B. Burns (2012) Modelling low-level boundary layer structure in complex terrain: verification of TAPM meteorological predictions in the Canberra region. Austral. J. Meteorol. Oceano., 62, 287–304.

Troccoli, A., K. Muller, P. Coppin, R. Davy, C. Russell and A. L. Hirsch (2012) Long term wind speed trends over Australia. J. Clim., 25, 170–183, doi: 10.1175/2011JCLI4198.1.