Pandora Hope

Senior Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

Dr Pandora Hope is an authority on the climate of Australia, working in the research division at the Bureau of Meteorology. She leads a project on climate variability and extremes under the Earth Systems and Climate Change hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme.

She is particularly interested in the attribution of the drivers of individual climate extremes, such as record warm months. She is currently exploring the recent major dieback of mangroves in Northern Territory, Australia.

The climate of Western Australia has also been a passion, being a researcher and co-manager of the Indian Ocean Climate Initiative (IOCI) from 2002 to 2012. She was the lead author on the climate projections for south-west Western Australia and southern South Australia as part of the projections for NRM. She was also involved in the Victorian Climate Initiative (VicCI). She continues to be interested in the climate variability and projected changes of southern Australia.

Career background

  • 2008: La Trobe University, Graduate Certificate of Management
  • 2005: University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1993: Monash University, BSc(Hons)
Professional Positions
  • October 2013–present Research and Development Branch, Bureau of Meteorology, (Senior Research Scientist)
  • October 2006–2013 Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology, Climate Change Group (Research Scientist, SPOC)
  • March 2002–October 2006 Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Climate Forecasting Group (Junior Scientist, PO2)
  • 1994–1999 The University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences, Meteorology section (Research Assistant)
  • 1993–1994 CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology, at Monash University (Research Assistant)

Selected Publications

  • Hope, P., E.-P. Lim, G. Wang, H. H. Hendon, and J. M. Arblaster, 2016: What caused the record-breaking heat across Australia in October 2015? In: Explaining extremes of 2015 from a climate perspective Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97 (12), 122-126.
  • Hope, P., E.-P. Lim, G. Wang, H. H. Hendon, and J. M. Arblaster, 2015: Contributors to the record high temperatures across Australia in late spring. In: Explaining extremes of 2014 from a climate perspective, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, S149-S153.
  • Hope, P., Henley, B.J., Gergis, J. and J. Brown, 2016: Time-varying spectral characteristics of ENSO over the Last Millennium. Clim. Dyn. doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3393-z
  • Hope, P., and Coauthors, 2015: Seasonal and regional signature of the projected southern Australian rainfall reduction. Aust. Meteor. Ocean. J., 65, 54-71.
  • Hope, P., K. Keay, M. Pook, J. Catto, I. Simmonds, G. Mills, P. McIntosh, J. Risbey and G. Berry. 2014: Objective methods of frontal recognition for climate studies - a case study in south western Australia. Monthly Weather Review, 142. 343-363
  • Hope, P.K., W. Drosdowsky and N. Nicholls, 2006. Shifts in the synoptic systems affecting southwest Western Australia. Climate Dynamics 26, 751-764
  • Hope, P.K., Nicholls, N., and McGregor, J. 2004 Rainfall response to permanent inland water in Australia Aust. Met. Mag. 53, 251-262

Pandora Hope

  • Southern Australia weather and climate
  • Attribution of extreme events
  • Palaeoclimate
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Professional Membership:
  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) 1999–present
  • Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) 2000–present