Lawson Hanson

Senior I.T. Officer

Current work and responsibilities

Lawson Hanson is an I.T. specialist who enjoys using the power of scripting languages to produce robust computational solutions for the scientists with whom he works.

Lawson was instrumental in implementing some local techniques to download CMIP3 and CMIP5 data from PCMDI and the ESGF onto computers accessible to the Australian Climate Community.

Career background

  • 1970: RAAF School of Radio, Laverton, VIC, Australia., Radio Technician (Air) Certificate.
  • Over 30 years of on-the-job-learning in computer programming languages such as Fortran, C, Bourne/Korn/Bash Shells, AWK, Python, R and others.
Professional positions
  • 1978–1988: Manager, Computer Facility, CSIRO, Division of Energy Technology
  • 1989–1991: Software Support/Training Manager, MPA International Pty. Ltd.
  • 1991–2000: Technical Director, B.& H. Computer Services Pty. Ltd.
  • 2001: Senior Analyst/Programmer, PJA Computer Consulting Pty. Ltd...
  • 2002–2004: Senior Systems Programmer, NEC Australia Pty. Ltd.
  • 2004–current: Senior IT Officer, Unix/Linux Software Development and Data Analyst, Climate Change and Variability Research Programme, Australian Bureau of Meteorology R&D.

Selected publications

  • Colman, R. & Hanson, L. (2016) On the relative strength of radiative feedbacks under climate variability and change Clim Dyn (2016). doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3441-8
  • Dong, G., Zhang, H., Moise, A., Hanson, L., Liang, P., and H. Ye (2016) CMIP5 model-simulated onset, duration and intensity of the Asian summer monsoon in current and future climate, Clim Dyn (2016) 46: 355. doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2588-z
  • Nguyen, H., C. Lucas, A. Evans, B. Timbal, and L. Hanson (2015) Expansion of the Southern Hemisphere Hadley Cell in Response to Greenhouse Gas Forcing, J. of Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0139.1.
  • Moise, A., L. Wilson, M. Grose, P. Whetton, I. Watterson, J. Bhend, J. Bathols, L. Hanson, T. Erwin, T. Bedin, C. Heady, and T. Rafter (2015) Evaluation of CMIP3 and CMIP5 models over the Australian region to inform confidence in projections, Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Journal, 65:1, 19-53.
  • Zhang, H., A. Moise, P. Liang, and L. Hanson (2013) The response of summer monsoon onset/retreat in Sumatra-Java and tropical Australia region to global warming in CMIP3 models, Clim. Dyn., 40(1-2), 377-399.
  • Colman, R.A. & Hanson, L.I. (2013) On atmospheric radiative feedbacks associated with climate variability and change Clim Dyn (2013) 40: 475. doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1391-3

Lawson Hanson

  • Linux Scripting
  • Big Data (CMIPx)
  • Scientific Programming
  • Data analysis and processing