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Dr James Risbey

Research Scientist

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GPO BOX 1538


James Risbey works on climate variability and processes, climate diagnostics, forecast verification, and climate applications in the Climate Variability and Hazards team at CSIRO. He is based in Hobart.

Risbey received his Ph.D. in climatology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Risbey worked as research faculty in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and at Monash University in the School of Mathematical Sciences. He is a principal research scientist at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere. His research focuses on the development and use of climate information for societal applications. A major focus of the work is the provision of weather and climate hazard information and uncertainty for the Australian Climate Service and climate-sensitive sectors including water and agriculture sectors.

Current Roles

  • Colead of WCRP EPESC Working Group on Assessment of Current and Future Climate Hazards
    World Climate Research Program Explaning and Predicting Earth System Change lighthouse activity

Academic Qualifications

  • 1994

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 1983

    University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2010-2012

    Associate Editor
    Monthly Weather Review

  • 2012-Present

    Climate Tasmania

  • 2015-Present

    Adjunct Fellow
    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania