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Dr. Michael Barnes was awarded a PhD in Meteorology by the University of Pretoria in 2021. Michael is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University with the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. His research interests are all things weather, meteorology and climate and the atmospheric processes underpinning them. His current focus is on synoptic-scale atmospheric dynamics including Rossby waves, extratropical cyclones, cut-off lows and subtropical rainfall dynamics.

Michael also has experience as an operational meteorologist. His early career was spent as an operational weather forecaster at the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and as an applied meteorologist, being involved in developing the first operational coastal wave, tide and storm surge model for South Africa. 

Research interests

  • Dynamical meteorology
  • Extreme weather
  • Tropical and sub-tropical rainfall

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Meteorology, PhD, University of Pretoria

External positions

METAREA VII Coordinator, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Dec 2019Feb 2022

Research area keywords

  • Meteorology

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