Member Profile

Dr Nick Earl

Associate Investigator

University of Tasmania


Nick has a background in applied meteorology and climatology, completing his PhD in the UK at the University of East Anglia in 2013. He then moved down under to work as a post-doc at the University of Melbourne (2013-2017) and the University of Tasmania (2018-). His research background includes observational climatological analysis of mean wind and gust speeds, providing applications for the insurance and wind energy sectors. This work involved comparing the abilities of forecast models to predict damaging winds during extra-­tropical cyclone events, while also conducting meso-scale numerical modelling of events for a better understanding of the sub­-storm scale processes involved. Nick is passionate about applying his knowledge to help reduce humanity’s vulnerability to future climates. His recent work includes anthropogenic impacts on the environment through examining weekly cycles in urban meteorological and other parameters. He also has a comprehensive background in remotely sensed fire analysis, examining trends in global and regional active fires, highlighting links with large-­scale climate drivers (e.g. ENSO and IOD). Nick joined the Climate Futures team in 2018 and is currently focused on compound events and changes with climate change. Nick is an international marathon runner and is aiming to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in 2021 and England at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.