We are delighted to announce the following Award recipients:Uwe Radok Award for best PhD thesis…
Warm congratulations to Dr Sue Barrell, Dr Jorgen Frederiksen and Professor Julie Arblaster on their election to AMOS Fellow in 2022 based on their outstanding achievements. Brief summaries of their careers and contributions are given below.
Dr Sue Barrell
Dr Sue Barrell’s contributions and leadership in Australian and international meteorology are unparalleled, spanning over four decades working in and leading the Bureau of Meteorology, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and advising major national efforts such as Australia’s Marine National Facility and the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.
Sue began her meteorological career in 1980 as an operational meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, then moved into roles in the Bureau’s research, systems, and science policy areas where she led Australia’s contributions to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations from 1995 to 2003 (COP1 to COP9). From 2004 to 2016 she directed the Bureau’s Observations capability, where she delivered an effective and nationally cohesive observing program and strengthened the Bureau’s strategic planning for its future observing system, leveraging national and international partnerships.
At this time Sue also began a long and very distinguished career in WMO. Rising to the Vice President of WMO’s Commission for Basic Systems in 2009, she chaired and led intergovernmental efforts to establish and implement the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS). In 2016-17 she was Australia’s Permanent Representative to WMO, as well as an elected member of the WMO Executive Council. Most recently she led the development of WMO’s new Unified Data Policy reaffirming the commitment to the free and unrestricted exchange of data.
Sue was the Bureau of Meteorology’s Chief Scientist of the Bureau before retiring in 2018 and applying her energies to numerous boards and councils. In January 2022 Sue was named an Officer of the Order of Australia. In August 2022 she was awarded the 67th International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize, the highest prize of WMO, followed soon afterward by an Honorary Membership of the American Meteorological Society. She is a long-time member of AMOS.
Dr Jorgen Frederiksen
Dr Jorgen Frederiksen is an outstanding atmospheric scientist with a distinguished research career in CSIRO. He started as a research scientist in 1974 and progressed to Chief Research Scientist and CSIRO Fellow, also leading the Climate Dynamics program in the CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. He has been a CSIRO Honorary Fellow since 2015.
Jorgen is recognised as a world leader in research in atmospheric dynamics. His work includes fundamental theoretical explanations of meteorological phenomena such as the formation and behaviour of storm tracks, jets and blocking, which have subsequently been confirmed through observational studies. He has developed mathematical theories to explain phenomena such as the genesis of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. He also elucidated the connection between large-scale changes in atmospheric drivers arising from increasing greenhouse gases and drought and extreme rainfall in Australia. He has made significant contributions to the understanding and representation of processes in both atmospheric and ocean models, and has developed statistical turbulence closure theory leading to improved parameterisations of eddy viscosity. His contributions have led to improvements to operational weather and climate modelling and ensemble prediction.
Jorgen’s research has been included in a number of textbooks on atmospheric dynamics. He has contributed to the training of scientists through the supervision of numerous undergraduate, Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellows. Jorgen is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Mathematical Society and the Australian Institute of Physics as well as a Fellow of CSIRO. He has been a member of the Australian Branch of the Royal Meteorological Society and then AMOS for more than 40 years.
Professor Julie Arblaster
Julie Arblaster is Professor in the School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. She is a leading researcher in using coupled ocean-atmosphere climate models to understand important processes affecting climate variability and climate change globally and in the Australian region. She has collaborated with leading researchers in the US and in Australia on topics including quantifying the magnitude of different causes of climate change, regional climate variations associated with El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the Southern Annular Mode, projections of changes in rainfall and temperature extremes, coupling between circulation variations in the stratosphere and the troposphere, and the roles of the solar forcing, stratospheric ozone depletion and recovery, and increasing greenhouse gases in global and regional climate change.
Julie’s exceptional record of peer-reviewed publications, with more than ninety journal papers and seven book chapters since 1999, earned her recognition as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate (top 1% of the most highly cited researchers in the field over 10 years) in 2018. She was a Lead Author of chapters in both the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report 2013 and the WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014,and was on the Scientific Steering Committee of the 2022 Ozone Assessment. Julie is currently a member of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Panel, and was a member of Australia’s National Climate Science Advisory Committee from 2016-2019, and has been on the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Earth System Sciences since 2015. She is the recipient of the 2014 Anton Hales Medal from the Australian Academy of Science and the 2017 AMOS Priestley Medal.
Julie has supervised and co-supervised several PhD students. She has been a continuous member of the AMOS for her whole career, served on AMOS awards committees and is a regular participant in AMOS conferences.