Paul Fox-Hughes

Research meteorologist

Current work and responsibilities

Paul Fox-Hughes is seconded into Research and Development Branch, from the Bureau's Tasmanian Regional Office, working on a number of largely fire-related projects. His primary responsiblity is as Science Lead on the externally-funded Fire Predictive Services project. New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council have contracted the Bureau to evaluate the performance of fire spread simulators in Australia. The Fire Predictive Services team are validating the performance of the several simulators and versions of simulators against a set of case studies from around Australia for which there is adequate fire behaviour data available. Paul is also involved in the Bureau Regional Reanalysis, particularly liaising with potential collaborators in funding and applying the reanalysis.

Career background

  • 1985: University of Tasmania, B.Sc. (Hons)
  • 1988: Bureau of Meteorology, Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology
  • 2015: University of Tasmania, PhD
Professional Positions
  • 1989-1990: Forecaster, Victorian and Tasmanian Regional Forecast Centres, Bureau of Meteorology.
  • 1991-2015: Severe weather meteorologist, Tasmania, Bureau of Meteorology.
  • 2007-2008: National forecaster, UK Met Office.
  • 2012-2013: Research fellow, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC.
  • 2015-present: Research meteorologist, Research and Development Branch, Bureau of Meteorology.

Selected Publications

  • Sharples, J.J., Cary, G.J., Fox-Hughes, P., Mooney, S., Evans, J.P., Fletcher, M.S., Fromm, M., Grierson, P.F., McRae, R. and Baker, P., 2016. Natural hazards in Australia: extreme bushfire. Climatic Change, 139(1), pp.1-15.
  • Fox-Hughes, P., and White, C.J. 2015. A synoptic climatology of heavy rainfall in Hobart. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: The art and science of water. (p. 1010). Engineers Australia.
  • Fox-Hughes, P., 2015. Characteristics of Some Days Involving Abrupt Increases in Fire Danger. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54(12), pp.2353-2363.
  • Fox-Hughes, P., Harris, R., Lee, G., Grose, M., and Bindoff, N. 2014, Future fire danger climatology for Tasmania using a dynamically downscaled regional climate model. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23(3), 309-321, doi: 10.1071/WF13126
  • Grose, M., Fox-Hughes, P., Harris, R.M.B., and Bindoff, N. 2014, Changes to the drivers of fire weather with a warming climate - a case study of southeast Tasmania. Climatic Change, 124(1-2), doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1070-y
  • Fox-Hughes, P. 2009. A heavy rainfall event in northern Tasmania during 27 to 30 January 2004. Aust. Met. Oceanogr J., 58, 155-166.
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Paul Fox-Hughes

  • Severe weather meteorology
  • Forecasting
  • Fire Weather
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