Philip Riley

Senior Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

Philip Riley works as part of the Guidance Post Processing group developing systems to apply statistical corrections to Numerical Weather Prediction system forecasts, with the aim of providing improved guidance to the Bureau's forecasters, and systems for producing well calibrated, automated forecasts.

His work is mainly concerned with producing rainfall probability forecasts for Australia. Some of these are used to provide the automated rainfall probability forecasts published on the Bureau's web site. These may be viewed on the Water and the Land pages.

Career background

  • 1975: University of Sydney - BSc (Hons)
  • 1980: University of Sydney - PhD(Physics)
  • 1984: Bureau of Meteorology - Diploma in Meteorology
  • 2009: Deakin University - Master of Professional Education and Training
Professional positions
  • 1979–1983: Senior Research Assistant, University of Durham, UK.
  • 1984: Trainee Meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1984–1986: Weather Forecaster, Bureau of Meteorology, Darwin, Australia.
  • 1987–1992: Senior Meteorologist, Climate and Consultative Services, Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1992–1995: Senior Meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1996–1997: Senior Meteorologist, GCOS/GOOS Secretariat, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1998–2002, and 2005–2009: Supervisor of Graduate Diploma in Meteorology, Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2003–2004: Head, National Meteorological and Oceanographic Operations Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2010–present: Researcher, CAWCR and R&D Branch, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected publications

  • Riley, P., D. Griffiths, and G. Weymouth, Probabilistic rainfall forecasts from a Poor man's Ensemble of numerical weather prediction models, AMOS/ARCSS National Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2016, Abstracts, p131
  • Riley, P. , Probabilistic Rainfall Forecasts from Deterministic Numerical Weather Prediction Model Output, 2013, Poster presented at AMOS National Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2013.
  • Riley, P.A. and N.R. Smith, 1997, Australian planning towards GOOS, Published in: Operational Oceanography - The challenge for European Co-operation (proceedings of the First International Conference on EuroGOOS, The Hague, October 1996). Ed Stel, Behrens, Borst, Droppert. Elsevier, 1997. pp 603 - 611
  • Colquhoun, J.R. and P.A. Riley, 1996, Relationships between Tornado Intensity and Various wind and Thermodynamic Variables, Weather and Forecasting 11, 360-371.
  • LeMarshall, J.F., P.A. Riley, B.J. Rouse, G.A. Mills, Z.-J. Wu, P.K. Stewart and W.L. Smith, 1994, Real-time assimilation and synoptic application of local TOVS raw radiance observations, Aust. Met. Mag. 43, 153-166.

Philip Riley

  • Weather analysis and forecasting
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Forecast verification
  • Education and Training
  • Education and Outreach Committee, AMOS