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. In addition Terry is project leader of the National Environmental Science Program Earth System Climate Change Hub project “Towards an ACCESS Decadal Prediction System”. Terry is a member of the committee for the World Climate Research Program Grand Challenge for Climate Forecasting. Previously he 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. He has also 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, and his recent work has focussed on the methods and application of nonstationary time series analysis to climate data. Terry has also published extensively on coherent disturbances in atmospheric and oceanic flows.

Other Interests

traditional archery and fishing

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Climate Forecasting

  • Project leader
    NESP ESSC 2.3 Decadal Prediction

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

  • 2010-2015

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2015-Present

    Principal Research Scientist

Achievements and Awards

  • 2014

    Adjunct Professor - mathematics
    University of Tasmania

  • 2014

    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

  • 2013

    JH Michell Medal
    Australian Mathematics Society

  • 2012-2016

    ARC Future Fellow
    Australian Research Council


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