Dr John CHURCH
John Church is a CSIRO Fellow. He has published across a broad range of topics in oceanography.
His area of expertise is the role of the ocean in climate, particularly anthropogenic climate change.
He is an expert in estimating and understanding global and regional sea-level rise. He is the author
of over 130 refereed publications, over 90 other reports and co-edited three books.
He was co-convening lead author for the Chapter on Sea Level in the IPCC Third and Fifth Assessment Reports.
He was awarded the 2006 Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, was a winner of
a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2006, won the 2007 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research and
presented the 2008 AMOS R.H. Clarke Lecture.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
and Engineering and the American Meteorological Society.
Dr Kathy McINNES
Dr Kathleen McInnes joined CSIRO in 1990. Her research interests are the impacts of climate change on the
coast and her research in recent years has been the modelling of storm surges under current and future
climate conditions. She has undertaken numerical modelling studies of tides, storm surges and coastal
flooding in various locations such as Cairns, the Gold Coast, the Victorian coast, the NSW coast, Tasmania,
Tuvalu, and Fiji. She was involved in two recently completed coastal vulnerability studies for the Sydney
Coastal Councils and the Western Port Region. These studies applied integrated approaches to addressing
climate vulnerability at the regional scale to assist councils in managing and adapting to the risks posed
by climate change. She also has an ongoing interest in how severe weather events such as cold fronts, east
coast lows and tropical cyclones may be affected by global warming. She has been a contributing author to
the IPCC second, third and fourth assessment reports and more recently a lead author on an IPCC Special
Report on Extremes.
Dr Ron HOEKE
Ron Hoeke joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in October 2010. His research interests include the
interaction of physics, geomorphology, and ecology in the coastal zone and how climate change may influence
these factors and outcomes. Prior to joining CSIRO, Ron completed a masters degree in physical oceanography
on barrier island inlet migration, at the Florida Institute of Technology in 2001. He then went on to work
for a joint NOAA-University of Hawaii project to establish an inter-disciplinary coral reef monitoring program
for all US-flagged islands in the Pacific. Concurrent with his work at NOAA, and through a NOAA, US Geological
Survey and Australian Institute of Marine Science partnership, he completed work on a PhD at James Cook
University in 2010. The focus of the PhD research was the synthesis of in situ oceanographic data and coupled
wave-flow numerical modelling to better understand the circulation, flushing mechanisms, water quality and
sedimentation of coral reef systems. Ron's current research includes current and future wave climate, sea-level
anomalies driven by wave events, and inundation of Pacific islands.
Julian O'Grady joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in mid 2006, since then he has been
supporting research into extreme sea level. His work has involved wave modelling and extreme value
analysis to estimate the impact storms have had on coastlines in Australia and the Pacific and how
they will change into the future.
Dr Mark HEMER
Mark Hemer joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in 2006 as an OCE postdoctoral fellow to investigate
the climatological variability of wind waves in the World’s oceans, and consequent vulnerability of nearshore
and coastal infrastructure and ecosystems. He received his PhD in 2003 from the University of Tasmania, and
before joining CSIRO was employed as a research scientist at Geoscience Australia. Mark's current research
spans interests in ocean wave energy, and understanding the uncertainty surrounding projected future changes
in wave climate for coastal vulnerability assessments. Mark chaired the 2011 WCRP/JCOMM workshop on
coordinated ocean wave projections (COWCLIP), and chairs ongoing COWCLIP activtites. He also co-chaired the
2010 Australian wind-waves symposium. Mark has published more than 60 research papers, reports, book chapters
and conference papers, and in 2011 was awarded a CSIRO Julius Career Award.
Dr Didier MONSELESAN
Didier Monselesan joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, in 2008, where he is participating
in the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research sea level studies and forecasting efforts. Didier started his
Australian career at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in the Upper Atmosphere Physics group as an expeditioner
wintering at Casey Station in 1993 and 1995. He pursued his interests in upper atmospheric physics at the Ionospheric
Prediction Services (IPS) Radio and Space services in Sydney. His focus gradually shifted down from the upper atmosphere
to mesospheric and stratospheric studies when rejoining the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to work
on the AAD LIDAR experiment at Davis Station from 2006 to 2008. On his return, he decided to take a plunge into the
Ocean by joining the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research laboratories in Hobart.
Dr Xuebin ZHANG
Xuebin Zhang joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Division as a research scientist in the middle of 2010. He is
actively involved in the Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP), to study sea level change from global climate
models with a focus on the regional distribution of sea-level rise and its underlying physical mechanisms. Before
joining CSIRO, he has been studying and working at University of Washington, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental
Laboratory (Seattle, Washington) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), mainly focusing
on ENSO and tropical ocean dynamics by applying both in-situ data analysis and numerical modelling.
Dr Aimée SLANGEN
Aimée Slangen joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in May 2013 as an OCE postdoctoral research fellow. Her research
focuses on ocean and sea level changes, and in particular the regional differences in these changes. Using climate models,
she tries to gain a better understanding of these regional variations. Before moving to Hobart, she studied at Wageningen
University, ETH Zurich and Utrecht University. She received her PhD in 2012 from the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric
research at Utrecht University. Her PhD research was about modelling regional variations in sea level change in recent
past and future, with a strong focus on the influence of glacier melt on the gravitational pattern in sea level change.
However, the research also included other contributions to sea level change, such as temperature and salinity variations,
glacial isostatic adjustment, and groundwater extraction.
Kewei Lyu came to the sea level group at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in September 2013 as a visiting graduate student.
He is a PhD candidate of Physical Oceanography at Xiamen University, China. Sponsored by China Scholarship Council, he aims
to study decadal sea level variability and underlying physical processes especially in the Pacific, under supervision of Drs.
Xuebin Zhang and John Church. His previous research mainly focused on intraseasonal variability in the South China Sea using
satellite products and in situ observations.
Dr Benoit LEGRESY
Benoit Legresy came to the sea level group at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in July 2014 as a sea level scientist.
He is studying global and regional sea level evolution. He focuses on observations, mainly satellite altimetry and tide gauge records. He participates in satellite altimetry cal/val on the australian sites. His previous research involved Glaciology and Oceanography, Geodesy and Remote Sensing.
Dr Frank COLBERG
Frank Colberg joined CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in 2010. He investigates current and future storm
surge risk for Australia and the South Pacific islands. Frank holds a PhD degree in physical oceanography
which he completed at the University of Cape Town in 2006 working on climate variability in the South
Atlantic using observations and computer models. He has been employed as an ocean circulation modeller at
various locations including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of Technology where he
performed high resolution global ocean modelling in a non-boussinesq framework and the University of
Tasmania/ Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC where he investigated the Southern Oceans response towards
changes in atmospheric conditions reminiscent of current and future climates. His research interests
vary from large scale ocean modelling and climate variability to idealized impact studies including
simulations of the coupled ocean-wave system.
Dr Neil WHITE
White has been closely involved in both in situ and remotely
sensed (especially satellite altimeter) oceanographic data since he joined
the then fledgling CSIRO Division of Oceanography in 1983. He ran the
data processing group for the RV Franklin Marine National Facility for
10 years and also acted as a Data Quality Expert for WOCE (the World
Ocean Circulation Experiment). He started getting involved with satellite
altimeter data with data from the GEOSAT Exact Repeat Mission in the
late 1980s and has made significant contributions to data processing
techniques and to calibration of the high quality satellites TOPEX/Poseidon
and Jason-1. This work is continuing with Jason-2 (launched in 2008). He is
also involved in research work using various
types of sea level data, and has acted as an expert reviewer for the
recent (AR4) IPCC report.
Dr John HUNTER
John Hunter works as an oceanographer at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre,
which is based in the University of Tasmania. His current interests are the sea-level rise induced by
climate change, and the response of Antarctic Ice Shelves to global warming. Recent work has involved
investigations of sea level rise in Australia, the U.S., and in the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions,
and the way in which this rise increases the frequency of extreme sea level events. He has recently
completed estimates of future high sea level extremes for Australia, by combining the present exceedance
statistics with projections of the (uncertain) sea level rise for the 21st century. The results are
incorporated into a decision-support tool which is available on the WorldWide Web. Other interests are
the numerical modelling of shelf, coastal and estuarine marine systems, and problems in applied marine
science. In 1996 he was a joint recipient of the CSIRO Chairman's Medal for his work on the Port Phillip
Bay Environmental Study.