Debbie Hudson

Multi-Week and Seasonal Applications Team Leader

Current work and responsibilities

Debbie is a Principal Research Scientist that leads the team focusing on multi-week (sub-seasonal) and seasonal forecast applications. The team aims to support the delivery of improved seasonal prediction services and products for Australia based on the ACCESS-S forecast system. The research and development includes forecast post-processing, calibration, verification, product development and understanding predictability and climate variability to support a range of projects, stakeholders and applications.

A key component of Debbie's work involves leading research and development projects and interacting with internal and external stakeholders. She has led major externally funded sub-seasonal prediction projects that have laid the foundation for the Bureau's movement into sub-seasonal prediction and the prediction of extremes. She is heavily involved in the progression of the Bureau's seasonal forecast system and products from R&D into operations and services.

Career background

  • 1993: University of Cape Town, B.Sc.(Hons)
  • 1999: University of Cape Town, PhD (climatology)
Professional Positions
  • 1999-2000: Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2000-2002: Research Scientist, Hadley Centre, UK Met Office, United Kingdom
  • 2003-present: Various levels of scientist, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Publications

  • Hudson, D., Alves, O., Hendon, H.H., Lim, E., Liu, G., Luo J.-J., MacLachlan, C., Marshall, A.G., Shi, L., Wang, G., Wedd, R., Young, G., Zhao, M., Zhou X. (2017) ACCESS-S1: The new Bureau of Meteorology multi-week to seasonal prediction system. Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science, 67:3 132-159 doi: 10.22499/3.6703.001.
  • Hudson, D. and Marshall, A.G. (2016) Extending the Bureau's heatwave forecast to multi-week timescales. Bureau Research Report, No. 16. Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
  • Hudson, D., Marshall, A., Alves, O., Shi, L., Young, G. (2015) Forecasting upcoming extreme heat on multi-week to seasonal timescales: POAMA experimental forecast products. Bureau Research Report, No. 1. Bureau of Meteorology, Australia.
  • Hudson, D., Marshall, A.G., Yin, Y., Alves, O., Hendon, H.H. (2013) Improving intraseasonal prediction with a new ensemble generation strategy. Monthly Weather Review, 141: 4429-4449.
  • Hudson, D., Alves O., Hendon H.H., Marshall A.G. (2011) Bridging the Gap between Weather and Seasonal Forecasting: Intraseasonal Forecasting for Australia. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 137:673-689.
  • Hudson, D., Alves, O., Hendon, H.H. and Wang, G. (2011) The impact of atmospheric initialisation on seasonal prediction of tropical Pacific SST. Climate Dynamics. 36:1155-1171.
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Debbie Hudson

  • Sub-seasonal and seasonal prediction
  • Extremes
  • Forecast verification
  • Forecast initialisation and ensemble generation
  • Seasonal forecasting applications
- Google Scholar page
- ORCID page
  • World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Working Group on Sub-seasonal to Interdecadal Prediction (WGSIP)
  • Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Earth System Science
  • Advisory Committee of the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR)