Blog icon

Dr Peter Oke

Research Scientist


Please enter a valid first name

Please enter a valid last name

Please enter a valid email address

Please enter your message to send to the contact

Contact details:

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, tasked with monitoring the broad scale ocean properties around Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. Peter is Australia's representative on the International Argo Steering Team. Peter leads the Bluelink project (Meteorological Service Agreement), responsible for establishing and maintaining ocean forecasting capabilities for Australia, in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of Defence. Peter developed the data assimilation methodology that underpins Australia's operational ocean forecast system (OceanMAPS: Ocean Modelling Analysis and Prediction System) and ocean reanalysis system (BRAN: Bluelink ReANalysis). Peter is a member of the GODAE OceanView (GOV) Science Team (since 2007) and was the founding Co-Chair of the GOV Observing System Evaluation Task Team (2007 and 2017).

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    University of New South Wales

  • 1995

    Bsc Hons (class 1)
    University of New South Wales

Professional Experiences

  • 1998-2001

    PostDoctoral Researcher
    Oregon State University

  • 2001-2002

    PostDoctoral Researcher
    University of New South Wales

  • 2002-present

    Research Scientist

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)

  • 2009-2011

    MCVP/GRDC Award (Lead: Alves - Improving Forecast Accuracy, especially with Improved Indian Ocean Initialisation)

  • 2010-2012

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

  • 2012-2016

    Nectar Virtual Laboratory: Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL; Stage 1-5)

  • 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)