Gilbert Brunet

Chief Scientist and Group Executive, Science and Innovation

Current work and responsibilities

Gilbert joined the Bureau in 2018 as Chief Scientist and Group Executive, Science and Innovation (SIG) after 12 years as Director of the Meteorological Research Division (MRD) of Environment and Climate Change Canada. As Chief Scientist, he promotes science and innovation within the Bureau and advocates the Bureau's science and innovation to the wider community.

As Group Executive, he leads a team of approximately 160 staff, incorporating scientists and scientific managers. SIG comprises two programs: Research and Research to Operations.

He is recognised as an expert in weather and climate dynamics with a PhD in meteorology from McGill University. From 2012-15, he was seconded to the United Kingdom (UK) Met Office as the Director Weather Science. He has also previously led the Numerical Prediction Research Section of Environment and Climate Change Canada. He is currently Chair of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Scientific Advisory Panel, and Chair of the UK Met Office's Scientific Advisory Committee. He previously chaired the Scientific Steering Committee of the WMO Research Program. He is the Bureau's Accessibility Champion.

Career background

  • 1970-75 College St-Alexandre (High School)
  • 1975-77 CEGEP de l'Outaouais Science (DEC)
  • 1977-78 Laval University (BSc in Physics)
  • 1978-80 University of Montreal (BSc in Physics)
  • 1980-82 University of Montreal (MSc in Mathematical Physics)
  • 1984-89 McGill University (PhD in Meteorology)
Professional Positions
  • 1994-2019 - Adjunct Professor, Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, McGill University.
  • 2006-18 - Director, Meteorological Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
  • 2007-14 - Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2012-15 - Deputy Director Weather Science, Met Office, Exeter, UK.
  • 2018 (ongoing) - Group Executive and Chief Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia.
  • 2018 (ongoing) - Chair of the UK Met Office Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC), UK.
  • 2019 - Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the World Meteorological Organization
  • 2020 (ongoing) - Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the World Meteorological Organization

Selected Publications

  • Brunet et al. 2015: Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: from Minutes to Months. WMO
  • Bauer, Thorpe and Brunet 2015: The quiet revolution of numerical weather prediction. Nature
  • Brunet et al. 2016: 30-second meteorology. Ivy Press
  • Asaadi, Brunet & Yau 2016: On the dynamics of the formation of the Kelvin cat's eye in tropical cyclogenesis. JAS
  • Brunet & Methven 2018: Identifying wave processes associated with predictability across time scales: An empirical normal mode approach. Elsevier
  • Benjamin, Brown, Brunet et al. 2019: 100 years of progress in forecasting and NWP applications. AMS
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Gilbert Brunet

  • Weather and Climate Dynamics
  • Numerical Environmental, Weather-Climate Prediction
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