Dr Terry O'Kane

Team Leader, Climate Forecasting

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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. Terry was previously project leader of the National Environmental Science Program Earth System Climate Change Hub project “Towards an ACCESS Decadal Prediction System”. Together with Prof. Adam Scaife (UK Met Office), Terry is co-chair of the committee for the World Climate Research Program Grand Challenge for Near Term Climate Forecasting.

Between 2013-2016 Terry was an ARC Future Fellow at the Full Professor level. He has or holds adjunct positions in mathematics (Professor) and marine and antarctic science (Senior Research Fellow) at the University of Tasmania and with the Centre for Climate Extremes (CLEX). Prior to joining CSIRO, Terry 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. With Dr. Jorgen Frederiksen (CSIRO), he has 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) http://www.anziam.org.au/The+2013+JH+Michell+Medal.

Terry's recent work has focussed on the development of the Climate re-Analysis and Forecast Ensemble (CAFE) system at CSIRO

Other Interests

traditional archery and fishing

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Climate Forecasting

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997

    BSc(Hons) 1st class (Pure & Applied Mathematics LaTrobe)

  • 1999

    MSc(by research) 1st class (Theoretical Physics Melb)

  • 2003

    PhD (Applied Mathematics Monash)

Professional Experiences

  • 2003-2006

    Emerging Science Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2006-2007

    Research Fellow

  • 2007-2009

    Ensemble Prediction Scientist
    Bureau of Meteorology

  • 2009-2011

    Research Scientist

  • 2010-2013

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2013-2016

    Australian Research Council Research Fellow

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013-2016

    ARC Future Fellow
    Australian Research Council

  • 2014-2018

    Adjunct Professor - mathematics
    University of Tasmania

  • 2014-present

    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

  • 2013-2013

    JH Michell Medal
    Australian Mathematics Society


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