Dr Doug Richardson specialises in extreme climate events that have societal impacts. He studies the likelihoods of climate hazards such as drought and wildfire weather, whether they have become more frequent over time, and their potential causes. Doug completed his PhD at in 2019 at Newcastle University in the UK, where he assessed the predictability of drought and the relationship between drought and large-scale weather patterns. In 2016, Doug collaborated with the UK Met Office to design an operational forecast tool that provides the national Flood Forecasting Centre with early warning of extreme rainfall events. Doug worked as a Research Fellow at CSIRO, Hobart between 2019 and 2022, and was part of the Australian Climate Service, a national, multi-agency climate resilience program. Doug joined the ARC Centre of Excellence in January 2023.