Dr Chaojiao Sun

Senior Research Scientist

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Chaojiao is a senior research scientist and a team leader "West Coast Environmental Modelling" (Coasts Research Program) in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Chaojiao is a physical oceanographer with over twenty years of experience in the areas of ocean modelling and data assimilation, ocean dynamics, climate change science, and dredge plume modelling, having worked both in the USA and Australia. Since joining CSIRO in 2008, Chaojiao has worked on ocean climate downscaling projects using the high-resolution BLUELink OFAM model, ocean data assimilation to improve model prediction of upwelling off the Bonney Coast, and the numerical modelling project of the WAMSI Dredging Science Node to improve dredge plume modelling for environmental impact assessment. Previously at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she developed data assimilation methods for assimilating satellite snow observations into a NASA catchment model and assimilating ocean observations into a global ocean model for improving seasonal prediction at the Global Modelling and Assimilation Office. Her current areas of specialisation/research interests include: the role of ocean currents and eddies in connectivity; impact of climate change on ocean boundary currents; ocean data assimilation to improve model prediction; and dredge plume modelling in the context of environmental impact assessment. Chaojiao is currently leading a collaborative project titled "A Forecasting System to Provide Early Warnings for Coastal Ecological Disasters (harmful algal blooms and harmful jellyfish blooms)" co-funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and CSIRO Global.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997

    Oregon State University

  • 1988

    University of Science and Technology of China

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-present

    Research Scientist

  • 2000-2008

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  • 1998-2000

    University of California at Los Angeles


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