Peter T. May

Head of Research

Current work and responsibilities

Peter joined the Bureau in 1990 as a research scientist after working in NOAA and the University of Colorado. He has been the Assistant Director for Research and Development since late 2009. This role is now designated as the Head of Research. During part of that time he served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, a partnership between the Bureau and CSIRO. Our science covers environmental issues, climate science and weather applications as well as developing staff and corporate capability.

Peter has overseen the development of the operational systems that underpin Bureau services as well as major projects delivering climate information to the nation. He serves on a number of advisory committees and represents the Bureau at major national and international committees. He is currently a member of the WMO Commission of Atmospheric Science Management Committee that oversees WMO weather and environmental research coordination.

Career background

  • 1982: University of Adelaide, B.Sc. (Hons)
  • 1987: University of Adelaide, Ph.D. (VHF radar studies of the troposphere)
Professional positions
  • 1986–1988: Postdoc; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Kyoto University.
  • 1988: Research associate; National Research Council, Wave Propagation Laboratory, ERL, NOAA.
  • 1988–1990: Research associate; Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado/NOAA.
  • 1990–2009: Various levels of scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2009–present: Assistant Director (Research and Development); Deputy Director, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research; Head of Research for the Bureau of Meteorology.

Selected publications

  • May, P.T., A. Protat and C. Long, 2012: The diurnal cycle of the boundary layer, convection, clouds, and surface radiation in a coastal monsoon environment (Darwin Australia), J. Clim., 25, 5309-5326.
  • May, P.T., J.H. Mather, G. Vaughan, C. Jakob, G.M. McFarquhar, K.N. Bower and G.G. Mace, 2008: The Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWPICE), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 89, 629-645.
  • May, P.T. and A. Ballinger, 2007: The statistical characteristics of convective cells in a monsoon regime (Darwin, Northern Australia), Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 82–92.
  • May, P.T. and T.D. Keenan, 2005: Evaluation of microphysical retrievals from polarimetric radar with wind profiler data, J. Appl. Meteor. 44, 827–838.
  • May, P.T. and D.K. Rajopadhyaya, 1999: Vertical velocity characteristics of deep convection over Darwin, Australia, Mon. Wea. Rev., 127, 1056-1071.
  • May P.T., R.G. Strauch, K.P. Moran and W.L. Ecklund, 1990, Temperature sounding by RASS with wind profiler radars: A preliminary study, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 28, 19-28.

Peter T. May

  • Radar meteorology
  • Mesoscale meteorology
  • Tropical convection
  • Field experiments
  • Research management
  • Scientific leadership
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  • Chair, JSHESS Supervisory Board
  • Management Committee, WMO Commission of the Atmospheric Sciences
  • Board of Governers, Western Australian Marine Science Group
  • Science Advisory Panel, Centre for Climate Research Singapore