Rodney Potts

Research Meteorologist

Current work and responsibilities

Rodney Potts leads a team of scientists and IT professionals undertaking research and development that supports the aviation weather service provided by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The work has covered a wide range of areas including improvements in warnings for volcanic ash, improvements in fog forecasting guidance, development of an Automated Thunderstorm Alert Service providing guidance on the risk of lightning at airports to enable better management of ground operations, wind shear and the international High Altitude Ice Crystal (HAIC) - High Ice Water Content (HIWC) Program.

Career background

  • 1973: Curtin University of Technology, WA, B.Appl.Sc. (Physics)
  • 1975: Bureau of Meteorology, VIC, Diploma of Meteorology
  • 1983: James Cook University of North Queensland, QLD, M.Sc. (Physics)
Professional positions
  • 1975–1987: Operational meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane (1975-1976), Townsville (1976-1981), Darwin (1981-1982), Perth (1982-1987)
  • 1987–1988: Associate Scientist, Research Applications Program, NCAR, Colorado, USA
  • 1988–1989: Research Meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • 1989–1996: Senior Meteorologist, Aviation and Defence Program Office, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • 1996–present: Research Meteorologist, R&D, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Selected publications

  • Dare, R. A., R. J. Potts, and A. G. Wain, 2016: Modelling wet deposition in simulations of volcanic ash dispersion from hypothetical eruptions of Merapi, Indonesia. Atmos. Environ., 143, 190–201, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.022.
  • Zidikheri M.J., and R.J. Potts, 2015. A simple inversion method for determining optimal dispersion model parameters from satellite detections of volcanic sulfur dioxide. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023627
  • Boneh, T., G. Weymouth, P. Newham, R.J. Potts, J. Bally, A. Nicholson and K. Korb, 2015: Fog Forecasting for Melbourne Airport Using a Bayesian Decision Network. Wea. Forecasting. 30, 1218-1233. doi:10.1175/WAF-D-15-0005.1.
  • Peter J.R., M.J. Manton, R.J. Potts, P.T. May, S.M. Collis, and L. Wilson, 2015: Radar-Derived Statistics of Convective Storms in Southeast Queensland. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 54, 1985–2008. doi:
  • Potts R.J., and P.G.Gill, 2014: Developments in Aviation Meteorology. Meteorol. Appl. 21: 1–2. DOI: 10.1002/met.1450

Rodney Potts

  • Aviation meteorology
  • Wind shear
  • Volcanic ash
  • Fog forecasting
  • Radar meteorology
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