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Prof David Karoly

Chief Research Scientist, Climate Science Centre


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David Karoly is a Chief Research Scientist in the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. He is also an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability.

Professor Karoly was Leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, based in CSIRO, during 2018-2021. He was a member of the National Climate Science Advisory Committee during 2018-19. During 2012-17, he was a member of the Climate Change Authority, which provides advice to the Australian government on responding to climate change, including targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He has been involved in the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001, 2007, 2014 and 2021 in several different roles. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019 and was awarded the 2015 Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Scientific Excellence in Earth Sciences.

From 2007 to February 2018, David Karoly was Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne and in the A.R.C. Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
From 2003 to 2007, he held the Williams Chair in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

Achievements and Awards

  • 1993-1993

    Received the Meisinger Award with citation 'for contributions to the understanding of the role of Rossby wave propagation in atmospheric teleconnections and to greenhouse climate change research'
    American Meteorological Society,

  • 1999-present

    American Meteorological Society

  • 2014-2014

    Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research
    Shared in this award to the SEARCH (South-East Australian Recent Climate History) project team

  • 2014-2014

    Awarded the Morton Medal for “leadership in meteorology, oceanography, climate and related fields, particularly through education and the development of young scientists”
    Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

  • 2015-2015

    Medal for Scientific Excellence in the Earth Sciences
    Royal Society of Victoria

  • 2019-present

    Australian Academy of Science

Academic Qualifications

  • 1976

    BSc (Hons)
    Monash University

  • 1980

    University of Reading

Professional Experiences

  • 1995-2000

    Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hmisphere Meteorology, Monash University

  • 2001-2002

    Professor of Meteorology and Head
    School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University

  • 2003-2007

    Williams Chair Professor of Meteorology
    School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, USA

  • 2007-2012

    ARC Federation Fellow
    School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

  • 2012-2018

    Professor of Atmospheric Science
    School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

  • 2018-2021

    Hub Leader
    NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO


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