Pandora Hope

Principal 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 Victoria's climate variability, the Victorian Water and Climate Initiative. She also leads the work attributing extreme climate events to climate change and other drivers, under the Earth Systems and Climate Change hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme.

Dr Hope is currently a lead author for the 6th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I, due for release in 2021. She is particularly interested in the attribution of the drivers of individual climate extremes, such as record warm months. She is currently exploring the major dieback of mangroves in Northern Territory, Australia in 2015.

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 also led the synthesis of the work in the Victorian Climate Initiative (VicCI). She continues to be interested in the climate variability and past and projected changes of Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

Career background

  • 1993: Monash University, BSc(Hons)
  • 2005: University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2008: La Trobe University, Graduate Certificate of Management
Professional Positions
  • 1993-1994 CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology, at Monash University (Research Assistant)
  • 1994-1999 The University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences, Meteorology section (Research Assistant)
  • March 2002-October 2006 Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Climate Forecasting Group (Junior Scientist, PO2)
  • October 2006-2013 Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology, Climate Change Group (Research Scientist, SPOC)
  • October 2013-October 2018 Research and Development Branch, Bureau of Meteorology, (Senior Research Scientist)
  • November 2018 - present. Research, Bureau of Meteorology (Principal Research Scientist)

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.,Black MT, Lim E-P, Dowdy A, Wang G, Fawcett RJB, Pepler AS. 2019 On Determining the Impact of Increasing Atmospheric CO 2 on the Record Fire Weather in Eastern Australia in February 2017. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 100, S111-S117. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0135.1
  • Hope, P., Watterson I. 2018. Persistence of cool conditions after heavy rain in Australia. J. South. Hemisph. Earth Syst. Sci. 68. doi:10.22499/3.6801.004
  • Hope, P., and Coauthors, 2015: Seasonal and regional signature of the projected southern Australian rainfall reduction. Aust. Meteor. Ocean. J., 65, 54-71.
  • Pepler A, Dowdy A, Hope, P., 2018: A global climatology of surface anticyclones, their variability, associated drivers and long-term trends. Clim. Dyn. doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4451-5
  • Hope, P.K., W. Drosdowsky and N. Nicholls, 2006. Shifts in the synoptic systems affecting southwest Western Australia. Climate Dynamics 26, 751-764
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Pandora Hope

  • Southern Hemisphere and Australian weather and climate variability and change
  • Attribution of extreme events
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  • Member of Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) 1999-present