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Project Leader


Richard Matear

Dr Richard Matear is a chief research scientist in the Climate Science Centre at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart. He graduated from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1993 and moved to Australia in 1996 to lead the ocean carbon modelling effort at CSIRO.  Richard’s research interests involve exploring the role the oceans play in the global climate and carbon systems. His research exploits models and observations to understand the mechanisms driving climate variability and determining how the oceans will respond to climate change. He is currently investigating the predictability of the climate system and trying to demonstrate the utility of climate forecasts at the multi-year timescale.  Richard is enthusiastic about climate and ocean science and actively mentors PhD students and Post Docs.





 Activity Leaders


Terry O’KaneLeader of DA, Climate Modelling, Ensembles

Terry O’Kane is currently principal research scientist in the Climate Science Centre at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart. He is the leader of the Climate Forecasting team and leads the data assimilation and modelling activity of the CSIRO decadal prediction project. In addition Terry is project leader of the National Environmental Science Program Earth System Climate Change Hub project “Towards an ACCESS Decadal Prediction System”. Terry is a member of the committee for the World Climate Research Program Grand Challenge for Climate Forecasting. Previously he was ensemble prediction scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology where he implemented the Australian Global and Regional Ensemble Prediction System adapted from the UK Met Office MOGREPS system. He has also published extensively on the statistical mechanics and dynamics of geophysical flows, for which he was awarded the 2013 JH Michell Medal, of the Australian Mathematical Society (Applied Mathematics), and his recent work has focussed on the methods and application of nonstationary time series analysis to climate data. Terry has also published extensively on coherent disturbances in atmospheric and oceanic flows.



James RisbeyLeader of Verification and Applications

James Risbey works on climate processes, diagnostics, verification, and applications in the CSIRO decadal climate forecast project. He is based in Hobart.Risbey received his Ph.D. in climatology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Risbey worked as research faculty in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and at Monash University in the School of Mathematical Sciences. He is currently a senior research scientist at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere. His research focuses on the development and use of climate information for societal applications. The forecast team is developing seasonal to multiyear climate forecasts for better adaptation to extremes such as drought in climate sensitive industries. This work includes collaborations with water and agriculture sectors, including CSIRO’s Digiscape Future Science Platform  (




Bernadette SloyanLeader of Observations and Processes

Dr Bernadette Sloyan is a Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere. She is a national and international leader in documenting and understanding the role of ocean circulation in the global climate system. Her work has elucidated the importance of ocean key processes; mixing and air-sea interactions, in the Southern, Pacific and Indian Oceans; the role of the ocean in moderating the rate and nature of climate variability and change. Bernadette is leading CSIRO’s ocean observation efforts in major national – Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) – and the international – Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) – programs. Her membership of numerous national panels and appointment as Co-Chair of GO-SHIP and Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC) is recognition of her national and international leadership in ocean climate research.




 Project Staff


Andrew Lenton

Andrew  is an ocean carbon cycle modeler in CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre, with extensive experience in modelling the carbon-cycle at different temporal and spatial scales, from individual organism responses through to the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS). Dr Lenton also works closely with observations using them to assess models as well as to use novel observational approaches to advance our understanding of carbon processes. Specifically his current and future research goals focus on key three key impact areas: (i) Quantifying the past, present and future role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle; (ii) Exploring and understanding the impact of the carbon cycle changes on both climate and marine diversity and productivity; (iii) The potential role of geoengineering in mitigating climate change and ocean acidification.


Mark Collier

Mark has been working on a range of diverse climate and weather projects at CSIRO for a quarter of a century. In the decadal team he brings his expertise in computer driven systems for generating and publishing consistent and accurately defined large datasets primarily from model based systems developed by CSIRO and its partners. He has experience working on (development and verification_ previous and current modelling systems developed in Australia including CSIRO Mk3, ACCESS and the under development CAFE multi-ensemble inter-decadal forecasting system.


Vassili Kitsios

Vassili Kitsios is a computational programmer in the Climate Science Centre at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere (O&A), Hobart. He is currently working on the development of the CAFE data assimilation system. Prior to joining the decadal prediction team Vassili undertook post-doctoral research with the CSIRO O&A and then the Monash University Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion, on the numerical simulation and parameterisation of atmospheric, oceanic and boundary layer processes. His PhD was with the University of Melbourne and the Université de Poitiers on model reduction for fluid dynamical data assimilation and control. He has also held industrial positions in applied computational fluid dynamics and data science. His research interests include: geophysical and canonical fluid dynamics; stochastic subgrid turbulence parameterisation; model reduction; and data assimilation.

 Dougie Squire

Dougie Squire is a member of the Verification and Applications team within the Decadal Climate Forecasting Project at CSIRO. He is interested in understanding the processes that give rise to variability in climate systems, and in assessing these processes within the CAFE forecast system. Dougie received his PhD in Turbulent Fluid Dynamics from Melbourne University early in 2017 and subsequently carried out a postdoctoral fellowship at the same institution. He joined CSIRO in 2018.




Chris Chapman

Chris works as a research scientist within the Observations and Processes theme. He completed his PhD in 2014, studying geophysical fluid dynamics in a joint program between the Australian National University, CSIRO and Laboratoire d’Etudes en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiales (LEGOS), Toulouse. During his PhD, he used a variety of observations and simplified models to try to understand turbulence and variability in the ocean. After his PhD, he worked as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Sorbonne Universities in Paris, undertaking a variety of studies ranging from detailed physical investigations of the oceans broad scale circulation to using advanced machine learning algorithms for estimating the ocean state at depth from satellite observations, to observational studies of sea-ice/ocean interaction. Prior to undertaking his PhD, he worked for a small wind energy company developing numerical models of lower atmospheric turbulence and as a weather forecaster for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. He joined CSIRO in late 2017.



Carly Tozer

Carly is a research scientist in the Decadal Climate Forecasting project, sitting within the Verification and Applications team. She has a PhD in Hydroclimatology from the University of Newcastle, NSW and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Adelaide, SA. Carly has a particular interest in identifying the atmospheric and oceanic processes influencing Australia’s weather and climate variability, and understanding their predictability for rainfall and streamflow forecasting on seasonal to multidecadal timescales. Additionally she is interested in the application of her research in the agriculture and water resources management sectors.



Thomas Moore

Thomas is an ocean data analyst in the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. He received his PhD from the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (University of Tasmania) with a focus on the coupling of physical and biological ocean processes. Thomas worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Coastal Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory before he completed a post-doc at CSIRO in ocean biogeochemistry. Thomas is grateful for a diverse career that has taken him from deploying ocean sensors on remote Indonesian reefs to communicating ocean science in the Arctic to scientific programing on Australia’s super computer.



Matt Chamberlain

Matt is a scientific programmer in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.
Matt builds and runs various ocean and climate models, including simulations of the ocean-biogeochemistry. He has a background in geophysics and planetary science. In the Decadal Forecasting Project, Matt is involved in the development of coupled-climate models to be applied in various tasks within the project. This work involves testing model configurations and enabling new capabilities to improve the modelled climate.



Didier Monselesan

Didier Monselesan joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in 2008 where he is participating in the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research sea level studies and forecasting efforts. Didier started his Australian career at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in the Upper Atmosphere Physics group as an expeditioner wintering at Casey Station in 1993 and 1995. He pursued his interests in upper atmospheric physics at the lonospheric Prediction Services (IPS) Radio and Space services in Sydney. His focus gradually shifted down from the upper atmosphere to mesospheric and stratospheric studies when rejoining the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to work on the AAD LIDAR experiment at Davis Station from 2006 to 2008. On his return, he decided to take a plunge into the Ocean by joining the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research laboratories in Hobart.


Russ Fiedler

Russ is a scientific programmer at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere with an interest in large scale parallel computing. In particular he has expertise with the MOM ocean model, the CICE sea ice model and the OASIS flux coupler.




 Paul Sandery

After working as a Research Scientist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology from 2007 – 2018, Dr Paul Sandery joined the Climate Science Centre within CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. His background is in ocean modelling, data assimilation, sea-ice prediction, observation system experiments and improving forecast models through parameter estimation.



Ian Watterson

Dr Ian Watterson is a senior principal research scientist at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, located at Aspendale where he has worked since 1989. From a background in atmospheric dynamics, he has contributed to CSIRO climate modelling and climate impact programs over the years. He was one of the lead authors of the recent Australian projections, and also of the IPCC’s Climate Change 2007, he has written over 60 journal papers.



Andrew Schepen

Andrew is a senior research scientist in CSIRO’s water forecasting team, leading research activities in the areas on seasonal climate and water forecasting. Andrew has a special interest in ensemble forecasting methods, and is developing new analytical methods to link dynamical climate models with decision support tools in water and agriculture. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2014, Andrew worked at the Bureau of Meteorology to deliver the Bureau’s national seasonal streamflow forecasting system and service.




Pavel Sakov – Bureau of Meteorology

Pavel Sakov is a research scientist working with the Bureau of Meteorology on Ocean Forecasting. Pavel is a data assimilation specialist and has been involved in ensemble Kalman filtering since 2003. He is the author of the EnKF-C code used for coupled data assimilation in the CAFE system.






Support Staff

Chris Gerbing – Communications Manager

Mr Gerbing is a science communicator responsible for managing communications, marketing and public relations at CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere. He has been at CSIRO for six years, before which he worked for the Victorian state government supporting agricultural industries and service providers to integrate climate change into their planning and service delivery. Mr Gerbing graduated with a Masters in Arts (Media and Communications) from Swinburne University and a Bachelor Degree in Arts (film) / Science (climate) with Honours.


Alana Sheppard – Administration and Project Support

Alana started with CSIRO in 2016 as Administration Support in Business & Infrastructure, in 2017 she worked as Administration Support for the Research Director for the Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Knowledge & Services (BEKS) program in Land & Water and joined the Decadal Climate Forecasting Project in April 2018. Alana has completed her Certificate 3, 4 & Diploma in Business Administration.



 Brenda Tuckwood – Finance