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Dr Richard Matear

Senior Principal Research Scientist


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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 how the oceans will respond to climate change. He has supervised research investigating the predictability of the climate system and trying to demonstrate the utility of climate forecasts at the multi-year timescale. Richard currently leads CSIRO's future climate and hazard activity in the Australia Climate Service. He is working to ensure our climate intelligence is used to inform Australia's National Climate Risk Assessment. Richard is enthusiastic about climate and ocean science and actively mentors PhD students and Post Docs.


  • Tertiary: B.Eng. Geophysics (with distinction), University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1987.

  • Post-graduate: M.Sc. Geophysics (with distinction), University of British Columbia, Canada (supervisors W. Hsieh and W. Large), 1989.

  • Ph.D. Oceanography, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1993 (supervisor Dr C.S. Wong).

Work History

  • 2021 Project Leader, Australian Climate Service, Future Climate and Hazards
  • 2020 Portfolio Leader- Climate Intelligence
  • 2018 Group Leader of Climate Prediction
  • 2017 Decadal Climate Forecasting project leader
  • 2016 Acting Research Director, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, CSIRO
  • 2013 Team Leader of the Decadal variability and carbon modelling, CSIRO
  • 2012 Team Leader of the Biogeochemical Modelling, CSIRO
  • 2011 Team Leader of the Earth System Modelling, CSIRO
  • 2010- QMS coordinator for CSIRO
  • 2008- Senior Research Scientists in the Earth System Modelling group, CSIRO
  • 2007 Research Group Leader of Ocean Prediction and Processes Research Group, CMAR
  • 2005-7 Deputy Stream Leader of the Climate Modelling and System processes, CMAR
  • 2001 Biogeochemical Cycles Project Area Leader, CMR
  • 2001 Principal Research Scientist, CMR
  • 1996 Research Scientist, CSIRO.
  • 1995 Research Associate, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada
  • 1994 Post Doctorial Fellow, Institute of Ocean Science, Sidney, Canada.
  • 1993 Post Doctoral Fellow — Joint Program for Ocean Dynamics, Victoria Canada.

Other Interests

Appreciation of good whiskey

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Australian Climate Service, Future Climate and Hazard Project

  • Supervisor
    Postdoc Jyoteesh Papari

  • Supervisor
    Postdoc Ajitha Cyriac

  • Supervisor
    Postdoc Benoit Pasquier (UNSW)

Academic Qualifications

  • 1993

    Phd Oceanography
    University of British Columbia

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