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Dr David Etheridge

Senior Principal Research Scientist


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David Etheridge is a senior principal research scientist with CSIRO Environment. His research involves the long term changes in greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting compounds. It has been used in all IPCC Assessment Reports on The Science of Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion and all CSIRO/BoM State of the Climate reports, and he is a contributing author of these reports. He has led 8 field programs on the polar ice sheets, researching atmospheric composition change, climate change, and ice sheet dynamics. He is also investigating the possible impact on the atmosphere of new energy technologies, such as coal seam gas and geological storage of CO2.

Current and recent roles:

Research Project co-leader, Antarctica’s influence on climate and sea level- Ice Cores, Australian Antarctic Program Partnership.
Chief Investigator, Reconstructing Carbon-14 of Carbon Monoxide to Constrain Long-Term Atmospheric Hydroxyl Variability, Australian Antarctic Science Project 4425 (joint NSF-AASP project, co-CI V. Petrenko).
Chief Investigator, Greenhouse Gases in the Southern Atmosphere, Australian Antarctic Science Projects 4167 and 4612..
Investigator, CSIRO AIM Future Science Platform, Detection, location, characterisation and quantification of diffused emissions.
Leader of atmospheric monitoring, Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA), Methane in the Surat Basin, Queensland.
Co-investigator, Improving Methods for Quantifying Fugitive Emissions from Open-Cut Coal Mining, ACARP Project C24017.
Team Leader, Paleo Atmosphere and Fugitive Gases, CSIRO.
Project Leader, Paleo Carbon Cycle Dynamics, Australian Climate Change Science Program.
Co-investigator, High resolution studies of cosmogenic beryllium isotopes (10Be and 7Be) at Law Dome, Project 4200, Australian Antarctic Science Program.
Co-investigator, Aurora Basin North ice coring, Project 4075, Australian Antarctic Science Program.
Founding Team member, Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Investigator, Atmospheric monitoring of the CO2CRC Otway carbon storage project, CO2CRC (Canberra).

Academic Qualifications

  • 1980

    University of Melbourne

  • 1981

    BSc (Hons)
    University of Melbourne

  • 1999

    University of Melbourne School of Earth Sciences

Professional Experiences

  • 2010-2011

    Visiting Scientist
    University of Copenhagen, Neils Bohr Institute, Centre for Ice and Climate

  • 2002-2002

    Visiting Scientist
    University of Graz, Institute for Earth Sciences

  • 1989-1989

    Visiting Scientist
    CNRS, LGGE, France

  • 1983-1989

    Research Scientist
    Australian Antarctic Division, Melbourne and Hobart, Australia

  • 1985-1986

    Experimental Scientist
    University of Melbourne, Glaciology Department

  • 1982-1983

    Experimental Scientist
    CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research/Bureau of Meterology Cape Grim Program

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