Partner Investigators

Partner Investigators



Dr Sandrine Bony
Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique

Dr Bony is a world-leading researcher in the area of cloud-climate interactions. Her many published papers on this topic include seminal contributions on identifying the cloud types most responsible for uncertainty in future climate change and the identification of useful methods for testing climate models.

She is active in some of the most important international efforts to organise research on this topic. In the WCRP (World Climate Research Programme) she co-chairs the Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project (CFMIP), an international group fostering research activities in the area of cloud feedback and model evaluation studies. Dr Bony also co-chairs the Working Group on Coupled Models (WGCM), the group that fosters the development and evaluation of climate models, coordinates model inter-comparison projects related to climate and climate change (e.g. CMIP5), and will coordinate the WCRP Grand Challenge on “Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity”.

She was a Lead Author of the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC (2007), and an Editor for the Journal of Climate (American Meteorological Society) from 2005 to

2008 and for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society from 2008 to 2011.

Recently the American Meteorological Society (AMS) awarded her the 2012 Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer Award for her contributions in the understanding of cloud processes and their impact on the climate, through observations, theoretical analyses and modeling.


Dr Wojciech Grabowski

Dr. Wojciech Grabowski is a Senior Scientist at the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

His main areas of interest include computational fluid dynamics and numerical modeling in general, and more specifically the modeling of cloud dynamics and microphysics, interactions of clouds with radiation and surface processes, and representation of these processes in large-scale models of weather and climate.

He is currently leading three projects on various aspects of cloud processes and their role in the climate system (funded by NOAA, DOE, and NSF).

In recognition of his work, Dr Grabowski was invited to Chair Working Group 4 (Precipitating Convective Cloud Systems) of the GEWEX (Global Energy and Water-cycle Experiment) Cloud System Study.

Between 2000 and 2008 he was a Member of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP), International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS), holds an adjoint faculty position at the University of Delaware, and is the Affiliate Professor of the University of Warsaw, Poland.

Dr. Grabowski published approximately 100 papers in peer-reviewed atmospheric science journals (H factor of 30) and a similar number of papers in conference proceedings.

He is the Editor for the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.

Dr Grabowski obtained habilitation (DSc) from the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, in 1999.

You can find out more about Dr Grabowski at his web page on the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division website.


Dr Stephen Griffies

Dr. Stephen Griffies is the one of the world’s foremost ocean modelling experts. He has worked at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton USA since 1993.

He has a long history of engagement with the Australian ocean modelling and physical oceanography community, including extensive periods living in Hobart on two sabbaticals (2005 and 2011).

Since the year 2000, Griffies has led the science and strategic development of the GFDL Modular Ocean Model (MOM), which is the amongst the world's most widely used ocean models for both large-scale and regional applications. MOM is used extensively in Australia for idealised and realistic configurations for both research and operational applications.

Dr Griffies chaired the CLIVAR Working Group for Ocean Model Development from 2004-2009, with this group responsible for setting intellectual and programmatic benchmarks for ocean climate modelling worldwide. He is a member of the WCRP Southern Ocean Regional Panel, which sets priorities for observational and modelling efforts in the Southern Ocean.

Dr Griffies is the author of nearly 60 peer-review articles and 40 special reports and book chapters.

His research interests include a broad range of topics related to the ocean’s role in climate, with particular emphasis on studies of ocean climate variability, such as that associated with the Atlantic overturning circulation; sea level and its changes under global warming; Southern Ocean oceanography, with particular interests on mesoscale eddies and their impacts on large-scale ocean climate; and fundamental processes associated with ocean mixing.

In addition to his research interests, Griffies is the author of the community’s standard monograph on ocean climate models, Fundamentals of Ocean Climate Models, with this book a reflection of his emphasis on articulating fundamental elements of ocean climate modelling to the next generation of scientists.  He has also been an editor of the journal Ocean Modelling since 2007, which is a premier research journal in the field.


Prof Hoshin Gupta
University of Arizona (US)

Prof Gupta is internationally recognized as leader in systems methods for reconciling models with data, and for consistent contributions to modeling science. He is a hydrologist and systems theorist with strong technical skills in complex algorithm development. Prof Gupta has a particular expertise in earth system modelling and is exploring issues relating to terrestrial processes with a particular focus on hydrology.

Prof Gupta is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, editor of the journal ‘Water Resources Research’, chair of the ‘Model Diagnostics’ working group of IAHS, vice-chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Modeling and Control of Environmental Systems, member of the IAHS/PUB Steering Committee, and serves on the Editorial Board of ‘Benchmark Papers in Hydrology’. He is also a past president of the ‘International Commission on the Coupled Land Atmosphere Systems (ICCLAS)’, and past chair of the ‘Surface Water Committee’ of the American Geophysical Union.


Dr Harry Hendon

Dr Hendon is internationally recognized for his work in the field of tropical climate and monsoon variability and prediction. As senior principal research scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology he is the theme leader for the Seasonal Prediction for the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative and a chief investigator with for the Western Australian Marine Science Initiative to investigate predictions of the marine environment in WA along with two other projects that work to improve model predictions.

Through his research, Dr Hendon has made fundamental contributions to understanding the mechanism and importance of the tropical Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) for global climate variability. In particular, he made important contributions to understanding how topical convection is organized in the MJO, why this organized convection matters to the global climate, and how this organized convection is represented in climate models. Dr Hendon has developed diagnostics of the MJO that are now used routinely around the world .

Dr Hendon holds a number of positions in important climate bodies. He is Chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s World Climate Research Program/ Climate Variability (CLIVAR) Australian-Asian Monsoon Panel and is part of the expert team; is part of the World Meteorological Organization’s expert team for climate impacts on monsoon weather. Find out more about Dr Hendon here.


Dr Anthony Hirst

Dr Hirst leads the climate modelling in CAWCR’s Earth System Modeling program and is its deputy program leader. His work has ensured that simulations for the 4th and now 5th assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were delivered on time.

Dr Hirst led the development of the “Mk 3.5” version of the CSIRO coupled climate model. This version supersedes the Mk3.0 version and includes significant physics improvements leading to improved simulation of oceanic behavior in regions important to Australian climate (Southern and tropical Pacific Oceans) and an absence of climate drift, making it a more useful tool for the study of climate impacts.

He also led the execution of a full set of climate change simulations using the Mk3.5, and the lodging the processed model output data at the central repository at Los Alamos as a contribution to the international Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP- 3). This data is available for ready access by climate change and climate impacts researchers both in Australia and internationally.

More recently, he has led the development of the ACCESS coupled climate model, the execution of the basic ‘core’ CMIP5 simulations for two versions of this model, denoted ACCESS1.0 and ACCESS1.3, and the publication of the model output fields on the Earth System Grid (NCI node), for use in CMIP-5 and the IPCC 5th assessment report.

Dr Hirst sits on the CoE Advisory Group and meets regularly with the CoE leadership to discuss climate modelling issues.


Dr Rachel Law

Dr Rachel Law is a group leader in CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre, managing teams working in climate and earth system modelling. She also coordinates a 100-strong community of researchers who use the Community Atmosphere Biosphere Land Exchange (CABLE) land surface model. She is a member of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Experts group on Land Surface Processes.

Dr Law has helped develop the capability to simulate the carbon cycle in Australia’s national climate model – the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS). This enables future climate simulations to account for feedbacks between the carbon cycle and changing climate. Another research focus for Dr Law is the interpretation of atmospheric measurements of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, to better understand where anthropogenic carbon is taken up by the land biosphere and oceans.


Dr Richard Matear

Dr Matear is a modeller specialising in the interaction of physical, chemical and biological processes in the oceans. His recent research includes acidification of the Southern Ocean, suitability of Australia's ocean beds for sequestration of carbon, climate change impacts on Australian fisheries and carbon uptake by the Southern Ocean.

Dr Matear is an associated editor for Deep Sea Research. He is a member of several international and national bodies including the international working group on data assimilation into biogeochemical models and the Ocean Acidification Working Group of the international Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study/Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research. Find out more about Dr Matear here.


Dr Christa Peters-Lidard
NASA-Goddard Space Flight Centre (USA)

Dr. Christa D. Peters-Lidard is currently a Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where she has been a Physical Scientist since 2001, and Lab Chief from 2005-2012.

She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Geophysics and a minor in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1991. She then went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Water Resources Program in the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research at Princeton University in 1993 and 1997, respectively.

Dr. Peters-Lidard was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1997 to 2001. She is currently the Chief Editor for the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Journal of Hydrometeorology, and an elected member of the AMS Council. She has also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrology and Water Resources Research.

Her research interests include land-atmosphere interactions, soil moisture measurement and modeling, and the application of high performance computing and communications technologies in Earth system modeling, for which her Land Information System team was awarded the 2005 NASA Software of the Year Award. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Commission A Zeldovich Medal in 2004 and the Arthur S. Flemming Award in 2007. She was elected as an AMS Fellow in 2012.


Dr Scott Power

Dr Power is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CAWCR. He is ARC “Expert of International Standing” and is highly regarded for his expertise in the large-scale drivers of climate and climate variability of the southern hemisphere. He is also a co-ordinating lead author of WG1 IPCC report,  a member of the Core Writing Team for the overall WG I-II Synthesis Reprot, and a Co-editor of the IPCC WG1 Regional and Global Projections Atlas.

His primary research areas include global warming; decadal climate variability and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation; climate change projections; and understanding the causes of climate variability and quantifying the extent to which climate can be predicted.


Dr Alain Protat

Dr Alain Protat's research focus is the investigation of physical processes involved in the life cycle of deep convection and non-precipitating clouds using ground-based, airborne and spaceborne radar and ancillary measurements and the evaluation and improvement of their representation in numerical weather prediction and climate models.  He has published over 75 publications in this field.

Alain has significant experience in coordinating or participating to large international field experiments, European projects, CARL, Cloudnet, AMMA-EU and EUCAARI.  He also manages instrumental development projects for the French Space Agency (CNES) and BASTA, a breakthrough ground-based low cost cloud radar).

Until Alain came to Australia in 2011, he was member of several national science advisory or steering committees including CNES and the equivalent of the Australian Research Council (Institu National des Sciences de l'Univers, INSU), and head of the cloud physics department in my former research lab (LATMOS).  He is also a current member of the CloudSat science team (NASA satellite mission).


Dr Peter Stott
Hadley Centre/Met Office (UK)

Dr Stott is the Scientific Strategic Head for the Climate Monitoring and Attribution areas at the UK’s Met Office. He leads the Climate Monitoring and Attribution team and is an expert in the attribution of climate change to anthropogenic and natural causes.

In this role, he leads the development of the scientific research for developing a better observational evidence base for responding to climate variability and change and or improving our understanding of the causes of observed changes. His group is responsible for developing observational datasets for monitoring, including the HadCRUT global surface temperature series. There is also a strong focus on enabling the better use of observations to improve the skill of climate forecasts through better model initialisation and acquiring a better understanding of current model deficiencies to improve the representation of processes in models.

His personal research interests include the development of attribution to regional scales and to the analysis of extremes and the use of past changes to infer observational constraints on future changes. He is interested in the development of operational systems for attributing the causes of extreme weather events in near-real time by calculating the odds of such events and how they have changed as a result of different factors. Better information of this sort could help to better inform adaptation strategies and help avoid “misattribution” whereby people can be over-eager to blame an extreme weather event on either climate change or natural weather fluctuations.

Dr Stott was involved in the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Contributing Author. He was also heavily involved in the production of the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC as a Lead Author for both the Working Group 1 report on the Physical Science Basis and the Synthesis Report.


Professor Rowan Sutton

Prof Sutton is Director of Climate Research in the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), based in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. He is also a member of the Walker Institute.

Prof Sutton is recognized as a leading expert in the field of decadal climate prediction. He was coordinator of the first European Union project on decadal climate prediction (PREDICATE: 2000-2003), and had leading roles in successor EU projects (DYNAMITE, ENSEMBLES).

Between 2000 and 2008 he served as a member of the international CLIVAR Atlantic panel. In 2004 he was chair of the organising committee for an international CLIVAR workshop on Atlantic Climate Predictability. From 2005-12 he served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, in Bergen, Norway.

He is a Lead Author of Chapter 11 for the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC WG1.

Prof Sutton’s personal research interests lie in understanding the role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in climate, climate variability, predictability and prediction, particularly in the Atlantic sector.


Dr Ying Ping Wang

Dr Ying-Ping Wang is the Research Team Leader of the land surface modelling and carbon cycle team of the earth system science program at CSIRO. Through his research he works to understand the interactions between land surface and atmosphere and quantify the biophysical and biogeochemical effects of land use and land use change by humans on climate and climate change.

Dr Wang’s team at CSIRO has helped developed the Australian community land surface model (CABLE).  He is also a primary contributor to MAESTRO (an array model of plant canopies), a two-leaf canopy model and CASA-CNP (a global biogeochemical model of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles in terrestrial biosphere).

Dr Wang is member of the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Task Force of the Australian Academy of Sciences, an overseas assessor of The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Adjunct Professor of the South China Botanic Garden, Chinese Academy of Science and University of Technology Sydney. Find out more about Dr Wang here.


Dr Ian Geoffrey Watterson

Dr Ian Watterson is Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO's Climate and Ocean Dynamics Program.  He uses both climate models and mathematical methods to help understand climate and improve communication of potential changes.

Hus current activities include:

  • Comparison of climate model simulations and observational data.
  • Analyses of recent climate trends, in particular declining rainfall in southeast Australia.
  • Communication of climate change through research reports, scientific journals, conferences and in the public domain.

At CSIRO, Dr Watterson has contributed to the development of global climate models and has performed simulations of global warming due to greenhouse gases.

His analyses of climate change in Australia have contributed to several long-term research projects, in particular the Australian Climate Change Science Program, South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative and Climate Projections for Australia.

He joined CSIRO Atmospheric Research in 1989, following two-year postdoctoral appointments at the University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) and the NOAA Aeronomy Lab, Colorado, (US). During that time he worked on tropospheric planetary wave theory, the role of Antarctica on the Southern Hemispheric circulation, and dynamical influences on the Antarctic ozone hole.

Dr Watterson served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report during 2004–07 that along with previous IPCC reports went on to be awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

He has won numerous awards as a member of research teams including the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research as part of the CSIRO Climate Impact Group (2003), CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement with the CSIRO Climate Model Development Team (2008) and a CSIRO Medal for Science Excellence with the ACCESS Climate and Weather Prediction team (2013).

He is a Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and has been a Member of the American Meteorological Society since 1986.


Dr Matthew Wheeler
CAWCR / Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Matthew Wheeler is a Principal Research Scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology. His Ph.D. was obtained in 1998 at the University of Colorado in Boulder with a thesis on “convectively-coupled equatorial waves”, which dealt with the theory and observations of the waves as revealed primarily by spectral analysis.

After a postdoc at NCAR in the Advanced Study Program, Matt joined the Bureau in 2000 where he has worked primarily on the Madden Julian Oscillation, the Australian monsoon, and subseasonal to seasonal prediction. He was awarded the AMOS Priestly Medal in 2013.

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