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Prof Craig Bishop

Professor of Weather Prediction

School of Earth Sciences
University of Melbourne

craig.bishop@unimelb.edu.au

BSC Maths (hons). PhD Applied Mathematics (Monash)

Biography

Melbourne-born Professor Craig Bishop was awarded a bachelor’s degree with honours and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Monash University. His innovative ensemble-based data assimilation and ensemble-forecasting techniques are now used by leading environmental forecasting agencies such as the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, the UK Meteorological Office, the German weather service, the Swiss weather service, the US National Weather Service, the US Navy and the Japanese, Korean and Brazilian meteorological agencies. Prof Bishop's current research mainly focuses on the data assimilation science of using models, observations and advanced estimation theory to initialise ensemble forecasts and to identify and account for systematic and stochastic aspects of model error in ensemble forecasting. After completing his PhD, Prof Bishop held a postdoctoral position at the University of Reading, where he was awarded the Royal Meteorological Society’s L.F. Richardson Prize for his PhD work on the dynamics of baroclinic waves in deformation fields. He then worked as a visiting scientist at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, where he received the Universities Space Research Association 1994 Excellence in Scientific Research Award. This was followed by an appointment to the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s prestigious Department of Meteorology – then the largest atmospheric science department in the United States. There he was granted early tenure and promotion. However, to obtain a better understanding of the operational weather prediction problem, he left Penn State for the Marine Meteorology Division of the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California. There he was awarded six outstanding contribution awards, three National Research Laboratory (NRL) Alan Berman publication awards and one NRL Edison patent award. He returned to Australia as Professor of Weather Prediction at the University of Melbourne, in June 2018. Prof Bishop is a founding co-chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Working Group on Predictability, Dynamics and Ensemble Forecasting and an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. He served as chair of the Science Steering Committee of the Joint (NASA, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, US Navy, US Air Force, National Science Foundation) Center for Satellite Data Assimilation from 2007 to 2010. Prof Bishop was elected to the International Commission on Dynamical Meteorology in 2010 and as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2012. In 2015, he served as the PhD-student-elected Distinguished Visiting Scientist of the University of Reading’s internationally renowned Department of Meteorology.