Tony Hirst

Research Program Leader, Earth System Modelling

Current work and responsibilities

Tony Hirst leads the Bureau's Earth System Modelling Program, a program of about 60 scientists and IT professionals which is responsible for developing models to support the Bureau's weather and ocean prediction on time scales ranging from hours to seasons. He is also co-chair of the ACCESS Research Leaders Group, which is responsible for coordinating, at the working level, development of the Australian Community Climate Earth System Simulator (ACCESS), Australia's principle modelling system for weather and climate prediction and research.

Tony joined the Bureau in 2016. Previously, he was at CSIRO where he led the project responsible for developing the Australian climate modelling which contributed climate change simulations in support of the IPCC Fifth Assessment report as the ACCESS1.0 and ACCESS1.3 models. This project was a collaboration involving CSIRO, the Bureau, and the Australian university sector through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.

Career background

Education
  • 1986: University of Wisconsin, Doctorate of Philosophy
  • 1982: University of Wisconsin, Master of Science
Professional positions
  • 2016–present: Research Program Leader, Earth System Modelling, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2003–2016: Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Aspendale, Australia
    • 2013–2016: Research Group Leader, Earth System Modelling, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
    • 2008–2013: Deputy Research Program Leader, Earth System Modelling, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (a research partnership between CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology)
  • 1995–2003: Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Aspendale, Australia
  • 1991–1995: Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, Aspendale, Australia
  • 1988–1991: Research Scientist, CSIRO, Aspendale, Australia
  • 1986–1988: Research Associate (Postdoctoral), JISAO, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Selected publications

  • Bi, D., Dix, M., Marsland, S., O’Farrell, S., Rashid, H., Uotila, P., Hirst, A., Kowalczyk, E., Golebiewski, M., Sullivan, A., Yan, H., Hannah, N., Franklin, C., Sun, Z., Vohralik, P., Watterson, I., Zhou, X., Fiedler, R.,Collier, M., Ma, Y., Noonan, J., Stevens, L., Uhe, P., Zhu, H., Griffies, S.M., Hill, R., Harris, C., and Puri, K., 2013: The ACCESS Coupled Model: Description, Control Climate and Evaluation. Aust. Met. Oceanog. J., 63, 41–64.
  • Dix, M., Vohralik, P., Bi, D., Rashid, H., Marsland, S., O’Farrell, S., Uotila, P., Hirst, A., Kowalczyk, E., Sullivan, A., Yan, H., Franklin, C., Sun, Z., Watterson, I., Collier, M., Noonan, J., Rotstayn, L.R., Stevens, L., Uhe, P., and Puri, K., 2013: The ACCESS Coupled Model: Documentation of core CMIP5 simulations and initial results. Aust. Met. Oceanog. J., 63, 83–99.
  • Rashid, H., and Hirst, A., 2016: Investigating the mechanisms of seasonal ENSO phase locking bias in the ACCESS coupled model. Clim. Dyn., 46, 1075–1090. doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2633-y.
  • Hirst A., O'Farrell S. and Gordon H., 2000: Comparison of a coupled ocean-atmosphere model with and without oceanic eddy-induced advection. 1. Ocean spin-up and control integrations. J. Climate, 13, 139-163.
  • Hirst A. and Godfrey J., 1993: The role of Indonesian throughflow in a global ocean GCM. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 23, 1057-1086.
  • Battisti D. and Hirst A., 1989: Interannual variability in a tropical atmosphere/ocean model: Influence of background state, ocean geometry and nonlinearity. J.Atmos. Sci., 46, 1687-1712
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Tony Hirst

Expertise:
  • Weather and climate modelling
  • Climate change science
  • Climate variability
  • Research Management
Publications:
- Full list of publications
Committees:
  • ACCESS Advisory Group, member
  • ACCESS Research Leaders Group, co-chair