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Dr Andrew Lenton

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Andrew Lenton 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). He 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.

Academic Qualifications
PhD Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies - University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 2006
BSc (Hons) Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia,1998
BSc Physics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Professional Appointments
Senior Research Scientist, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia, (2016 - Ongoing)
Adjunct Researcher, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (2015 - Ongoing)
Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Australia (2012 - Ongoing)
Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Australia (2009-2012)
Research Scientist (visiting), LSCE, Saclay, France (2009)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LOCEAN, Paris, France (2006 -2008)
Senior Scientific Officer, Cloud Seeding Program, Hydro Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (2001-2002)
Data Analyst/ Scientific Programmer CSIRO Marine Research, Hobart, Australia (1999-2001)
Data Analyst/ Scientific Programmer Antarctic CRC – Hobart, Australia (1998-1999)

Service to Profession and Community
2016 - ongoing Member: Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection Working Group (41)
2016 - ongoing Southern Ocean Observing System: Southern Ocean Fluxes (SOFLUX) Working Group: co-leader Task Team 4 (Model and Satellite Observations)
2016 - ongoing GOA-ON (Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network) Africa - Mentoring Role
2016 - ongoing GOA-ON (Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network) Southern Ocean Working Group
2016 Contributor to the State of Climate Report
2015 Contributor to the State of Environment Report
2015-2016 Co-chair: 4th Oceans in a High CO2 World Symposium (May 2016; Hobart)
2015 Member steering committee: Southern Ocean Observing System Air-Sea Flux Workshop - ESA (Italy)
2014 - ongoing: Founding co-chair CDRMIP (Carbon Dioxide Removal Model Intercomparison Project)
2013 - ongoing: Member GEOMIP (Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project)
2013 - ongoing: Member Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Ocean Acidification Action Group
2009 - 2017: Chair SOLAS/IMBER Working Group I: Surface Ocean System
2014: Contributor to Marine Strategic Science Plan
2013: Contributor to IPCC Working Group I 5th Assessment Report
2013 - 2014 Member: Technical Expert Group of the Biogeochemistry Panel of the Framework for Ocean Observing - Global Ocean Observing System
2012 Member: Steering committee for the PADCLIM summer school (Melbourne, Australia)
2011-2013 Member: Scientific Implementation Team –Pacific Climate Change Science and Adaptation Program
2008 - 2010 Member: Southern Cross Steering Committee (French Nation Project; eddy resolving modelling)
2009 Member: Organizing committee for the The Ocean carbon cycle at a time of change: synthesis and vulnerabilities meeting (UNESCO, Paris 2011)

Selected Invited Talks
2017 The Carbon Dioxide Removal Model Intercomparsion Project, Marine Geoengineering Symposium, IMAS
2016 Past and Future ocean carbon cycle changes and implications, Climate 101 ACE CRC Public Lecture Series, Hobart, Australia, available at
2016 Carbon Dioxide Removal Modelling, symposium on marine geoengineering, Directions for Science and Governance after the Paris Agreement, Hobart, Australia
2016 Insights into climate intervention (geoengineering): results from GeoMIP and CDRMIP, AMOS, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Past and future changes in ocean acidification, Priestly Lecture Series, Melbourne Australia
2015 Sampling Southern Ocean Sea-Air CO2 fluxes. SOOS Air-sea Flux Workshop, ESA, Rome, Italy
2013 WRCP – Southern Ocean Carbon Cycle, Southern Ocean Working Group (Boulder, US)
2012 Closing the space (regional-global) and time (seasonal) gaps: combining observations, empirical methods and modeling options. Surface Ocean CO2 Data-to-Flux Workshop (Paris, France)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2006


  • 1998


  • 1997

    Macquarie University

Professional Experiences

  • Present-2016

    Senior Research Scientist
    Antartci Climate and Ecosystems CRC

  • Present-2012

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO (Oceans and Atmosphere)

  • Present-2015

    Adjunct Researcher
    Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart

  • 2012-2009

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Marien and Atmospheric Resaerch

  • 2008-2008

    Visting Research Scientist
    LSCE, Saclay, France

  • 2008-2008

    Visting Research Scientist
    LSCE, Saclay, France

  • 2002-2001

    Senior Scientific Officer
    Hydro Tasmania, Australia

  • 1999-2001

    1999 Data Analyst/ Scientific Programmer
    CSIRO Marine Research

  • 1998-1999

    Data Analyst
    Antarctic CRC, UTAS, Australia

  • 2012-2016

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Oceans an Atmospehere


  • 2017-2017

    NESP Great Barrier Reef Projections

  • 2014-2014

    Climate Change in Australia (NRM)

  • 2017-2020

    Green Climate Fund

  • 2012-2013

    ACCSP Carbon and Ocean Acidification (CI)

  • 2010-2013

    Pacific Australia Adaptation and Climate Change Program (CI)

  • 2014-2015

    Geoengineering Strategic Project (CI)

  • 2015-2016

    Carbon Cycle Modelling Strategic Project (CI)

  • 2014-2016

    ACCSP Earth System Modelling