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Dr Peter Oke

Senior Principal Research Scientist (Oceanographer)


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GPO BOX 1538


Peter is a research scientist, specialising in ocean data assimilation, ocean forecasting, ocean observing, and ocean dynamics. Peter leads the Australian Argo Program and is a long-term contributor to the Bluelink Partnership. Peter developed the data assimilation system that underpinned Australia's first operational ocean forecast system and Australia's first eddy-resolving global ocean reanalysis. Peter's filled many leadership roles at CSIRO including Project Leader, Team Leader, Stream Leader, Group Leader, and Research Director. Peter's interested in better understanding the physical oceanography of the waters around Australia, and developing tools and products to support Australia's marine industries.

Other Interests

Promoting Fairness.

Current Roles

  • Argo Steering Team
    Executive Member (2017-present)

  • CLIVAR Global Synthesis and Observations Panel (GSOP)
    Co-Chair (2020-present)

  • Ocean Observations Physics and Climate (OOPC) Panel
    Member (2020-present)

  • ForeSea Steering Committee
    Member (2022-present)

  • OceanPredict Observing System Evaluation Task Team
    Member (2007-present)

  • Synergistic Observing Network for Ocean Prediction (SynObs) Steering Committee
    Member (2018-present), Co-Chair (2007-2017)

  • GODAE OceanView Science Team
    Member (2007-2018)

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    University of New South Wales

  • 1995

    Bsc Hons (class 1)
    University of New South Wales

Professional Experiences

  • 2002-present

    Research Scientist

  • 2001-2002

    PostDoctoral Researcher
    University of New South Wales

  • 1998-2001

    PostDoctoral Researcher
    Oregon State University

  • 1995-1998

    Undergraduate Lecturer/Tutor in Mathematics and Marine Science
    University of New South Wales

Achievements and Awards

  • 2008

    CSIRO Julius Career Award

  • 2008

    Eureka Prize finalist

  • 2012

    IMarEST Denny Silver Gilt Medal


  • 1996-1998

    National Greenhouse Advisory Committee Scholarship

  • 1996-1998

    Australian Postgraduate Research Award

  • 2004-2006

    ONR/ONRIFO NICOP Award (Enhanced Ocean Prediction using Ensemble Kalman Filter Techniques)

  • 2007-2009

    ONR/ONRIFO NICOP Award (Optimal sampling strategies for oceanic applications)

  • 2009-2001

    ARC Discovery Project (Lead: Suthers - Coastal cold core eddies of the East Australian Current and their fisheries potential, DP0881182)

  • 2010-2012

    ONR/ONRIFO NICOP Award (Combining ensemble and variational data assimilation)

  • 2014-2016

    ARC Discovery Project (Lead: Roughan - Exploiting novel data assimilation tools to optimise the ocean observing effort in the East Australian Current, DP140102337)

  • 2017-2020

    ARC Linkage Grant (Lead: Hogg - An Australian Consortium for Eddy-Resolving Global Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling, LP160100073)