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Peter is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow examining the representation of decadal-scale climate variability in general circulation models. His focus is on understanding why the models cannot simulate a Pacific trade wind acceleration of the same magnitude to that observed from the early 1990s to the early 2010s. The observed trade wind acceleration had impacts ranging from a faster sea level rise in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, to slowing down global mean surface warming. Improving the representation of events like these in the models will help in constraining future climate projections.

Peter received his PhD from Monash University in 2020 focusing on the influence of El Niño-Southern Oscillation on east Australian rainfall. He has previously worked at CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology where he focused on a wide range of topics, from understanding changes in modes of climate variability, to investigating how changes in weather systems affect river catchment runoff.

Research interests

Climate variability and model biases

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

Education/Academic qualification


Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • decadal variability
  • tropical ocean basin interactions
  • climate modelling
  • El Nino-Southern Oscillation
  • Australian rainfall
  • climate change

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