Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Tropical cyclone structure and intensity change
2. The effects of changing environments on tropical cyclone behavior
3. Inferring micro-physical cloud structure and associated rainfall potential in tropical cyclones using multi-spectral remote sensing data
4. Landfall impacts of tropical cyclones
5. the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones and downstream development

1993 …2024

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Personal profile


Dr. Liz Ritchie is a professor of atmospheric sciences in the School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment and the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University. Prof. Ritchie’s broad research interests are tropical cyclones, tropical meteorology, extreme weather and climate impacts on societies.

Professional Engagement: Prof. Ritchie is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, an editor of Weather and Forecasting and former editor of the Monthly Weather Review. She is a member of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Working Group on Tropical Cyclones and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's expert group on weather and weather prediction, has served on numerous NASA panels including Chair of the Senior Review, is a former Councillor of the American Meteorological Society, served on the U.S. Joint Hurricane Testbed Steering Committee, and has served in a number of leadership roles for the WMO International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones.

Publications: Prof. Ritchie has over 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, and 150+ conference papers.

Funding: Prof. Ritchie is currently funded by an ARC Discovery project grant.  She has successfully obtained significant external funding for her research that includes the US Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Research interests

Basic Research: Physical understanding, estimation, and prediction of tropical cyclogenesis, tropical cyclone structure and intensity change, the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones and their downstream impacts, and tropical cyclone landfall impacts on natural environments and societies. Climate and environmental impacts on extreme weather behaviour. Weather Phenomena. Tropical cyclone storm surge and sedimentation from fresh-water inundation.

Applied Research Areas: Remote sensing detection, estimation, and prediction of tropical cyclones and other extreme weather. 

Supervision interests

- tropical cyclone structure and intensity change

- tropical-extratropical interactions

- tropical cyclone atmosphere-ocean energy exchange

- remote-sensing of tropical cyclones, and other mesoscal phenomena (mesoscale convective systems, tropical cloud clusters, extratropical cyclones, east coast lows)

- physical impacts of tropical cyclones - rainfall, wind, and storm surge

- high-impact weather impacts on the built and natural environment

- changing environments and their effects on tropical cyclone behaviour

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Atmospheric Science, PhD, Mesoscale aspects of tropical cyclone genesis, Monash University

1 Mar 199123 Jan 1995

Award Date: 1 Oct 1995

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