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Who is Dr Climate?

Back in November 2006, I was a newly graduated physiotherapist. While all my friends were off finding jobs in hospitals and sports medicine clinics, I inexplicably enrolled in a Bachelor of Science. You see, during the final year of my physio studies, a friend of mine – who also happens to be an oceanographer – suggested that I read Tim Flannery’s bestseller, The Weather Makers. Ever since reading that book, I’ve been fascinated by the workings of the climate system.

After finishing my undergraduate studies for a second time, I worked at CSIRO for a few years developing regional climate projections for Australia and various Pacific island nations. I then completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne looking at Southern Hemisphere planetary waves (i.e. the winds in the upper atmosphere), before taking up a postdoc position at CSIRO to work on detection and attribution of ocean temperature and salinity changes. I have a strong interest in scientific computing and open science, so during my spare time I’m an instructor with Software Carpentry, write this blog about research best practice in the weather/climate sciences and help coordinate the Research Bazaar, which is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the center of modern research. I’m also the Communications Coordinator for the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.


Email: irving.damien(at)
Twitter: @DrClimate
Curriculum Vitae: here
Citation stats: ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus, Mendeley
Code: GitHub, Figshare
Networking: ResearchGate


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