Learn about east coast lows

East coast lows (ECLs) are intense low-pressure systems that occur off the east coast of Australia. They can form at any time of the year and significant ECLs occur on average about 10 times each year.

East coast low radar image

These storms can bring damaging winds and surf and heavy rainfall. They can cause coastal erosion and flooding. But while they can be costly storms, they are also important for water security bringing the heavy soaking rainfall that fills dams along the coast and the Tablelands.

To better understand east coast lows, their impacts along the coast, how they have changed in the past and how they may change in the future, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) designed a major research collaboration as part of the Eastern Seaboard Climate Change Initiative (ESCCI). ESCCI is a research cooperative led by OEH in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, the University of NSW, the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University.

To learn more about east coast lows visit AdaptNSW: East coast lows.