Claire Spillman

Senior Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

My primary interests are coupled dynamical seasonal marine modelling applications. My current research involves dynamical seasonal forecasting for coral reef and fisheries management, including Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching risk, Australian southern bluefin tuna fisheries, and Tasmanian salmon and Queensland prawn aquaculture. I'm currently leading a project to migrate, upgrade and expand the operational seasonal coral bleaching risk forecasts from POAMA to the new ACCESS-S system. Additional projects include devloping forecast products for NZ fisheries (collaboration with NIWA) and investigating oceanographic drivers on Queensland scallop production.

I have also led projects to develop new cutting edge seasonal prediction SST-based and sea level products for coral bleaching risk in the Western Pacific under PACCSAP. This work builds on previous research and development of the first dynamical operational forecasts for coral bleaching risk on the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally I also led a complementary project to update and operationalise ReefTemp, a tailored real-time remote sensing SST-based application for assessing coral bleaching risk on the Great Barrier Reef. Both the seasonal forecasts and ReefTemp nowcasts are important components of the GBR Early Warning System for coral bleaching.

Operational POAMA GBR Forecasts
Experimental POAMA GBR Thermal Stress Forecasts
Experimental PACCSAP Sea Level Forecasts for the Western Pacific
Experimental PACCSAP Coral Bleaching Risk Forecasts for the Western Pacific
ReefTemp Next Generation
eReefs Marine Water Quality Dashboard

Career background

  • 2000: University of Western Australia, B.Eng(Environmental)/B.Sci(Chemistry)
  • 2008: University of Western Australia, PhD. (Environmental Engineering)
Professional Positions
  • 2005–2008: Graduate Research Scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2009–2015: Research Scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2016–present: Senior Research Scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected Publications

  • Hobday AJ, Spillman CM, Eveson JP, Hartog JR (2016) Seasonal forecasting for decision support in marine fisheries and aquaculture. Fisheries Oceanography, 25(S1): 45-56, DOI: 10.1111/fog.12083.
  • Spillman CM, Hobday AJ (2014) Dynamical seasonal ocean forecasts to aid salmon farm management in a climate hotspot. Climate Risk Management, 1:25-38
  • Spillman CM, Alves O, Hudson DA (2012) Predicting thermal stress for coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef using a coupled ocean-atmosphere seasonal forecast model. International Journal of Climatology 33:1001-1014.
  • Spillman CM (2011) Operational real-time seasonal forecasts for coral reef management. Journal of Operational Oceanography, 4(1):13-22.
  • Spillman CM (2011) Advances in forecasting coral bleaching conditions for reef management. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92:1586-1591.
  • Spillman CM, Alves O (2009) Dynamical seasonal prediction of summer sea surface temperatures in the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs, 28:197-206.

Claire Spillman

  • Seasonal prediction
  • Marine forecasting applications
  • Fisheries management
  • Coral reef management
  • Hydrodynamic-ecological modelling
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