Professor Andrew J. Pitman

Centre Director

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

Mathews Building University of New South Wales SYDNEY 2052 Australia

Phone: (02) 9385 9766
Researcher ID: A-7353-2011

BSc (hons) (1985) Liverpool University, UK
PhD (1988) Liverpool University|
UK Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership (2000) Macquarie University


Professor Andrew Pitman was born in Bristol and was awarded a Bachelor degree with honours in Physical Geography and a PhD in Atmospheric Science by the University of Liverpool, UK. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Macquarie University. Professor Pitman was Head of the Department of Physical Geography at Macquarie University from 1999 to 2003 and Deputy Dean of Division from 2000 to 2003. He initiated the Climate Risk Centre of Research Excellence there before moving to the University of New South Wales in 2007 to co-direct the newly established Climate Change Research Centre.

Professor Pitman’s research focus is on terrestrial processes in global and regional climate modelling, model evaluation and earth systems approaches to understanding climate change. His leadership, collaboration and research experience is extensive both nationally and internationally. Between 2004 and 2010 he convened the ARC Research Network for Earth System Science which facilitated interaction between individuals and groups involved in climate system science. He is a member of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator initiative, the Academy of Science’s National Committee for Earth System Science, the NSW Minister for the Environment's Science Advisory Committee and the Federal Department of the Environment's Science Advisory Committee . In 2007 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council on Regional Climate Change.

Internationally, Professor Pitman is closely affiliated with the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). He was chair of the WCRP’s Land Committee for the Global Land Atmosphere System Study from 2006 to 2008, and is now on its Science Steering Committee. As co-chair, he jointly led one of the first major international intercomparison exercises: the Project for the Intercomparison of Land Surface Parameterization Schemes which is supported by WCRP and the International Geosphere Biosphere Program. He also sat on the Science Steering Committee of the Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study and is currently co-coordinator for the project Land use change: identification of robust impacts.

Professor Pitman is a regular invitee for keynote presentations and is a passionate communicator about science, contributing regularly to the media on the science of climate change. He was a lead author for IPCC assessment reports three and four, contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC in 2007. He has also contributed to the Copenhagen Diagnosis, an Australia-led update of the science of climate change. He has held editorial positions with the Journal of Climate and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres and is currently editor for the International Journal of Climatology.

Awards and accolades received by Professor Pitman include: NSW Scientist of the Year Award (2010), the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographical Medal (2009), the Dean’s Award for Science Leadership at Macquarie University (2005), the Priestly Medal for Excellence in Atmospheric Science Research (2004) and the Geoff Conolly Memorial Award (2004). He jointly won the International Justice Prize for the Copenhagen Diagnosis (2010) and was among Sydney Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people (2010).

Professor Pitman has long track record of nurturing early career researchers and has supervised ten PhD students through to successful completion, plus five Masters and a significant number of Honours students. . He has published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals and has authored 20 book chapters. 

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