Neil Holbrook uses his background in applied mathematics and physical oceanography, and his expertise in ocean and climate dynamics at seasonal to multi-centennial time scales, to better diagnose the important mechanisms underpinning climate variability and climate change. His research helps to reduce the uncertainties associated with human-induced (anthropogenic) climate change, the potential risks associated with abrupt climate change and the likely changes in climatic extreme events, by developing a strong understanding of natural climate variability on all time scales.
Neil’s particular focuses are in regional- to large-scale ocean and climate dynamics, climate change detection, attribution and risks. His research activities include the investigation of planetary scale ocean wave dynamics; interannual (in particular El Niño - Southern Oscillation) to multi-centennial scale climate variability; climate change; and dynamic/climatic influences on ocean (plankton) productivity.
Neil also has interests in understanding the complex feedbacks in both climate science and climate change adaptation; thermodynamic and statistical modelling of tropical cyclone genesis and intensity; and climate and vector-borne disease. His interdisciplinary interests include both observational and modelling studies.
On the modelling side, Neil primarily works with simple to intermediate complexity ocean and climate dynamic, thermodynamic and ecosystem models.
Neil is one of Australia’s original National Greenhouse Advisory Committee (NGAC) PhD scholars, and has been working in climate change science for 20 years. He has published extensively in the international literature on the ocean’s role in climate, climate variability, climate extremes and climate change. Neil was awarded leadership of Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources.
He is President of the International Commission on Climate of IAMAS/IUGG; Associate Editor of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal; and Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS).
Neil is a USC/UTAS/GU Collaborative Research Network Research Leadership Fellow (Sustainability; University of Tasmania), Visiting Professor at Macquarie University; and an international participant in the Southwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (SPICE).