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Using more than 8000 weather stations around the world and analysing data going back to 1900, researchers from the universities of Adelaide, NSW and the Victoria (Canada) have found a link between global warming and an increase in extreme rainfall.
Lead author Dr Seth Westra, a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide school of civil, environmental, and mining engineering, said rainfall extremes were increasing over the period studied, 1900 to 2009, and this was linked to a one-degree rise in atmospheric temperature during this period.
Female students drawn to UNSW engineering
Men still dominate in the field of engineering, with women making up only 15.8 per cent of enrolments in engineering courses at Australian universities in 2010, says the latest Engineers Australia report.
For public providers to compete with private operators they will have to adopt new teaching methods and embrace online tools, according to Michael O’Loughlin, CEO of Wodonga TAFE .
The training for people who work in remote areas needs to focus on lifestyle issues as well as skills.