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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 CSIRO Decadal Climate Forecast Project ( 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. The forecast team is developing seasonal to multiyear climate forecasts for better adaptation to extremes such as drought in climate sensitive industries. This work includes collaborations with water and agriculture sectors, including CSIRO's Digiscape Future Science Platform (

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