Global recognition for Newcastle climate scientist

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

University of Newcastle climate scientist Dr Andrew Magee has become the first Asia Pacific representative to be named a finalist in the history of the Allianz Climate Risk Research Award. The global award supports scientific research that improves our understanding of climate change-related risks.

One of only four finalists in 2020, Dr Magee presented to the Allianz directors and jury in Munich on 28 October, competing against climate risk projects from Oxford University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).Dr Andrew Magee

Dr Magee is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) at the University of Newcastle. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between climate variability and tropical cyclone behaviour across the Asia-Pacific. This international award nomination recognises Dr Magee’s new generation of long-range tropical cyclone outlooks for the Southwest Pacific which provides, for the first time, tailored guidance for 12 vulnerable island and regional-scale locations. These offer unprecedented lead times of up to four months before the official start of the cyclone season, providing a substantial advantage for communities, governments and aid agencies to prepare.

All four finalists explain their research in a video which was shown at the virtual awards ceremony. A Research Award Compendium presents essays on the contribution to climate science from a selection of participants in the 2020 awards, including Dr Magee.


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