We are a multidisciplinary group specialising in the research of past, present and future weather and climate.

We are comprised of research staff and higher degree students.

Professor Hamish McGowan leads us.

Research strengths and aims

Our research strengths include:

  • meteorology and modelling
  • palaeoclimatology
  • applied climatology and meteorology.

We aim to:

  • provide and maintain infrastructure, technical experience and research training through staff-student projects as a growing weather and climate research centre
  • provide weather and climate research expert advice to a range of interested parties
  • implement collaborative staff and student based projects with government agencies, private companies and non-government organisations.

Our people

Academics

Professor Hamish McGowan

Associate Professor Patrick Moss

Professor Jamie Shulmeister

Research associates

Dr Michael Hewson, Central Queensland University

Dr Sam Marx, University of Wollongong

Dr Lynda Petherick, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Dr Johanna Speirs, Snowy Hydro Ltd

Higher degree by research students

Lani Cook

Emily Field

Michael Gray

Andrew Lowry

Lydia Mackenzie

Nicholas McCarthy

Joshua Soderholm

Lincoln Steinberger

Nicola Stromsoe

Alison Theobald

Former staff and students

Dr David Alexander

Dr Christine Adams-Hosking

Alix Baltais

Dr Nik Callow

Dr Jie Chang

Sally Fergus

Alister Hawksford

Dr Kelsey Lowe

Anthony Lumsden

Dr Melissa MacKellar

Dr Ryan McGloin

Malcolm Nunn

Elisabeth Thompson

Dr Craig Woodward

Instrumentation

Our comprehensive scientific instrumentation enables the collection of a wide range of in situ atmospheric and climatological data.

Our instrumentation includes:

  • ceilometers (for measuring cloud fields and atmospheric boundary layer structure)
  • Eddy Covariance systems
  • acoustic sounders
  • micro-rain radar
  • automatic weather stations
  • kite and blimp sounding systems
  • radiosonde systems
  • an extensive range of ancillary meteorological sensors.

We run atmospheric models including:

  • the Air Pollution Model (TAPM)
  • the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF).

Our extensive laboratory facilities support our research into the reconstruction of past climates, including analytical geochemistry and the analysis of stable isotopes, pollen, charcoal and dust archives extracted from sediment cores.

Equipment list

Researchers, academics and students can use our equipment to support their research and teaching efforts.

For more information about our equipment and how to access it, contact Professor Hamish McGowan.

Radar and Lidar instruments

We operate Australia's first mobile dual-polarised weather radar. This solid state X band radar built by Furuno Electric Co is configured as a mobile system for observing high-impact weather, including thunderstorms, flooding rain and wildfire plumes. The system is also capable of long-term deployments due to the radar's low-power requirements and custom solar/battery system. We also maintain a METEK micro rain radar sensor and Vaisala ceilometers.

Micrometeorology systems

We operate a range of micrometeorological sensors. Turbulent fluxes of energy, momentum, water vapour and carbon dioxide can be measured with Campbell Scientific sonic anemometers and gas analysers, and the inclusion of ancillary sensors allows for the deployment of full eddy covariance units mounted on floating pontoons, tripods or telescopic masts up to heights of 17 metres. A range of Kipp and Zonen radiometers are also used to enable energy balance studies.

Profiling systems

We operate a variety of instrumentation for observing the vertical profiles of the atmosphere. Instruments include a mobile, rugged radiosonde system by GRAW for meteorological balloon releases, a kite profiler and a Scintec SODAR-RASS system for continuous profiling.

Surface stations

We maintain several automated weather station types. These can be operated in either a static or mobile configuration on a variety of platforms. Sensors include Campbell Scientific, Vaisala, RM Young, Onset and Davis. We also operate high-volume aerosol samplers, minivol samplers and trace gas analysers.

Contact us

For more information about our group, contact Professor Hamish McGowan.