Matthew Wheeler

Principal Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

My research focuses on intraseasonal to interannual variability of the atmosphere/ocean climate system and it role in weather and climate prediction. I have specialised in equatorial waves, the Madden-Julian oscillation, the Australian monsoon, and mechanisms of rainfall variability. I have also developed new techniques for the analysis and interpretation of atmospheric and oceanic data using spectral analysis. I often include theoretical interpretation as an important component of my work.

Monitoring and predicting tropical variability and climate page.

I also currently lead Australia's contribution to the Years of Maritime Continent project. Many nations are contributing to observe the weather-climate system of Earth's largest archipelago to improve understanding and prediction of its local variability and global impact.

Career background

  • 1992: Macquarie University, B.Tech. (Atmospheric Science)
  • 1998: University of Colorado, Ph.D. (Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)
Professional Positions
  • 1993: Research assistant; Climate and Global Dynamics, NCAR, Boulder, USA.
  • 1994-1995: Research assistant; NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, USA.
  • 1996-1998: Research assistant; NOAA Aeronomy Lab, Boulder, USA.
  • 1998-2000: Postdoc; Advanced Study Program, NCAR, Boulder, USA.
  • 2000-present: Various levels of scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected Publications

  • Wheeler, M., and G.N. Kiladis, 1999: Convectively coupled equatorial waves: Analysis of clouds and temperature in the wavenumber-frequency domain. J. Atmos. Sci., 56, 374-399.
  • Wheeler, M., and K.M. Weickmann, 2001: Real-time monitoring and prediction of modes of coherent synoptic to intraseasonal tropical variability. Mon. Wea. Rev., 129, 2677-2694.
  • Wheeler, M.C., and H.H. Hendon, 2004: An all-season real-time multivariate MJO Index: Development of an index for monitoring and prediction. Mon. Wea. Rev., 132, 1917-1932.
  • Wheeler, M.C., and J.L. McBride, 2005: Australian-Indonesian monsoon. In: W.K.M. Lau and D.E. Waliser (eds), Intraseasonal Variability in the Atmosphere-Ocean Climate System. Praxis, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pages 125-173.
  • Wheeler, M.C., H.H. Hendon, S. Cleland, H. Meinke, and A. Donald, 2009: Impacts of the Madden-Julian oscillation on Australian rainfall and circulation. J. Climate, 22, 1482-1498.
  • Wheeler, M.C., H. Zhu, A.H. Sobel, D. Hudson, and F. Vitart, 2016: Seamless precipitation prediction skill comparison between two global models. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., doi:10.1002/qj.2928.
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Matthew Wheeler

  • Madden-Julian Oscillation
  • Equatorial Waves
  • Monsoons
  • Intraseasonal prediction
  • Scientific journal publishing process
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  • Executive Committee, WWRP Monsoon Panel
  • TPOS-2020 Backbone Task Team
  • WGNE MJO Task Force
  • Ex-officio, JSHESS Supervisory Board