Scott Power

Head of Climate Research / International Development Manager

Current work and responsibilities

Dr Scott Power Dip. Ed. conducts research on global warming, El Niño, decade-to-decade climate variability, Pacific climate, and historical changes in severe weather.

He is also the Bureau's focal point for planning on a number of projects aimed at assisting Small Pacific Island Countries better adapt to climate change and climate variability. He is the former head of operational climate monitoring and prediction in the Bureau and a former acting head of Australia’s National Climate Centre. He previously coordinated the Bureau's participation in the Australian Climate Change Science Program, he led the development of a project to enhance climate prediction services in numerous Pacific Island countries, and he co-led the development of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program that assisted 15 vulnerable countries adapt to climate change.

Scott is also an Honorary Professor in the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. Further details: The Conversation.

Career background

  • 1991: McGill University, Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1990: UNSW, PhD
  • 1985: Monash University, BSc (Hons, first class)
  • 1983: Monash University, Diploma in Education
  • 1981: Monash University, BSc
Professional positions
  • 2016–present: Head of Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology
  • 2016–present: International Development Manager, Bureau of Meteorology
  • 2011–present: Senior Principal Research Scientist

Selected publications

  • Power, S.B., F.P.D. Delage, C.T.Y. Chung, H. Ye, B.F. Murphy, 2017: Humans have already increased the risk of major disruptions to Pacific rainfall. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms14368.
  • Power, S.B., and J. Callaghan, 2016: The frequency of major flooding in coastal southeast Australia has significantly increased since the late 19th century. J. South. Hemis. Earth Sys. Sci., 66, 2-11.
  • Power, S.B. and J. Callaghan, 2016: Variability in Severe Coastal Flooding, Associated Storms, and Death Tolls in southeastern Australia since the Mid–Nineteenth Century. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol., 55, 1139-1149. doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2902-9.
  • Power, S., F. Delage, G. Wang, and G. Kocuiba, 2016: Apparent limitations of CMIP5 climate models to simulate recent multi-decadal change in Pacific surface temperature: implications for global temperature projections. Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3326-x.
  • Kociuba, G. and S. B. Power, 2015: Inability of CMIP5 models to simulate recent strengthening of the Walker Circulation: implications for projections. J. Climate, 28, 20-35, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00752.1.
  • Henley B. J., J. Gergis, D. J. Karoly, S. B. Power, J. Kennedy, and C. K. Folland, 2015: A Tripole Index for the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2525-1.

Scott Power

  • El Niño-Southern Oscillation
  • Decadal climate variability
  • Pacific climate variability and change
  • International development
  • Climate service development and provision
  • Historical changes in severe weather
- Google Scholar page
  • WCRP, Grand Challenge on Decadal Climate Prediction
  • CLIVAR, Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability
  • American Meteorological Society, Committees for Climate Variability and Climate Change, and Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography