Dr Andrew Magee

Dr Andrew Magee

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Andrew Magee is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL). Andrew is engaged in cutting-edge Pacific climate research with a particular focus on investigating the role and impact of climate variability and change on tropical cyclone activity in the Australian and southwest Pacific regions. By looking at the dynamics of Indo-Pacific climate variability, Andrew’s research continues to better our understanding of tropical cyclone variability in the region. In addition, Andrew is interested in natural peril risk modelling, climate adaptation and how the use of weather related traditional knowledge can be used to improve current tropical cyclone outlooks for the Pacific region.



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Queens University of Belfast - Ireland

Keywords

  • Applied Climatology
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Climate Risk
  • Climatology
  • ENSO
  • Extreme Events
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Indo-Pacific Climate Variability
  • Natural Disasters
  • Natural Peril Modelling
  • Remote sensing
  • Statistical Climatology
  • Tropical Climatology
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • climate adaptation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
040105 Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes) 50
040104 Climate Change Processes 15
040604 Natural Hazards 35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
27/08/2018 -  Postdoctoral Fellow Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL), University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2018 - 24/08/2018 Conjoint Lecturer in Earth Science Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Australia
6/02/2017 - 31/12/2017 Associate Lecturer Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
15/01/2018 - 24/08/2018 Natural Perils Consultant Finity Consulting
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
7/01/2013 - 31/12/2017 Casual Academic Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2013 CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship Scholar
CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Scholarship

Year Award
2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute
Australian Climate and Water Exchange Research Initiative (OzEWEX)
2013 CSIRO Top-Up Scholarship
CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
2013 University of Newcastle Research Scholarship Central (UNRSC50:50)
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
2013 University of Newcastle International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNIPRS)
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
GEOS3220 Coastal Environments and Processes
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 1/02/2016 - 16/12/2016
GEOS3250 Geographic Information Systems
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 4/03/2013 - 16/12/2016
GEOS2161 GIS and Remote Sensing
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 4/03/2013 - 16/12/2016
GEOS2161 GIS and Remote Sensing
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Associate Lecturer 1/02/2017 - 31/12/2018
GEOS2050 River Basin Processes
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 4/03/2013 - 16/12/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd D, 'On the relationship between Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability and tropical cyclogenesis in the southwest Pacific', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, 38 e774-e795 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/joc.5406
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Danielle Verdon
2017 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd DC, Diamond HJ, Kiem AS, 'Influence of ENSO, ENSO Modoki, and the IPO on tropical cyclogenesis: A spatial analysis of the southwest Pacific region', International Journal of Climatology, 37 1118-1137 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/joc.5070
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2016 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, 'An intercomparison of tropical cyclone best-track products for the southwest Pacific', Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16 1431-1447 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Author(s). Recent efforts to understand tropical cyclone (TC) activity in the southwest Pacific (SWP) have led to the development of numerous TC databases. The methods used... [more]

© 2016 Author(s). Recent efforts to understand tropical cyclone (TC) activity in the southwest Pacific (SWP) have led to the development of numerous TC databases. The methods used to compile each database vary and are based on data from different meteorological centres, standalone TC databases and archived synoptic charts. Therefore the aims of this study are to (i) provide a spatiooral comparison of three TC best-track (BT) databases and explore any differences between them (and any associated implications) and (ii) investigate whether there are any spatial, temporal or statistical differences between pre-satellite (1945-1969), postsatellite (1970-2011) and post-geostationary satellite (1982-2011) era TC data given the changing observational technologies with time. To achieve this, we compare three besttrack TC databases for the SWP region (0-35° S, 135° E-120° W) from 1945 to 2011: the Joint TyphoonWarning Center (JTWC), the International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) and the Southwest Pacific Enhanced Archive of Tropical Cyclones (SPEArTC). The results of this study suggest that SPEArTC is the most complete repository of TCs for the SWP region. In particular, we show that the SPEArTC database includes a number of additional TCs, not included in either the JTWC or IBTrACS database. These SPEArTC events do occur under environmental conditions conducive to tropical cyclogenesis (TC genesis), including anomalously negative 700 hPa vorticity (VORT), anomalously negative vertical shear of zonal winds (VSZW), anomalously negative 700 hPa geopotential height (GPH), cyclonic (absolute) 700 hPa winds and low values of absolute vertical wind shear (EVWS). Further, while changes in observational technologies from 1945 have undoubtedly improved our ability to detect and monitor TCs, we show that the number of TCs detected prior to the satellite era (1945-1969) are not statistically different to those in the postsatellite era (post-1970). Although data from pre-satellite and pre-geostationary satellite periods are currently inadequate for investigating TC intensity, this study suggests that SPEArTC data (from 1945) may be used to investigate longterm variability of TC counts and TC genesis locations.

DOI 10.5194/nhess-16-1431-2016
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2016 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Royle SA, 'Tropical cyclone perceptions, impacts and adaptation in the Southwest Pacific: An urban perspective from Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga', Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16 1091-1105 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Author(s). The destruction caused by tropical cyclone (TC) Pam in March 2015 is considered one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Vanuatu. It has highlighted ... [more]

© 2016 Author(s). The destruction caused by tropical cyclone (TC) Pam in March 2015 is considered one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Vanuatu. It has highlighted the need for a better understanding of TC impacts and adaptation in the Southwest Pacific (SWP) region. Therefore, the key aims of this study are to (i) understand local perceptions of TC activity, (ii) investigate impacts of TC activity and (iii) uncover adaptation strategies used to offset the impacts of TCs. To address these aims, a survey (with 130 participants from urban areas) was conducted across three SWP small island states (SISs): Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga (FVT). It was found that respondents generally had a high level of risk perception and awareness of TCs and the associated physical impacts, but lacked an understanding of the underlying weather conditions. Responses highlighted that current methods of adaptation generally occur at the local level, immediately prior to a TC event (preparation of property, gathering of food, finding a safe place to shelter). However higher level adaptation measures (such as the modification to building structures) may reduce vulnerability further. Finally, we discuss the potential of utilising weather-related traditional knowledge and non-traditional knowledge of empirical and climate-model-based weather forecasts to improve TC outlooks, which would ultimately reduce vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity. Importantly, lessons learned from this study may result in the modification and/or development of existing adaptation strategies.

DOI 10.5194/nhess-16-1091-2016
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
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Conference (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Verdon-Kidd D, Magee AD, Neville B, 'Northern Australia bushfire risk modulated by Indo-Pacific climate modes', University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Danielle Verdon
2018 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd D, 'On the relationship between Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temperatures and Tropical Cyclogenesis in the Southwest Pacific', University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Danielle Verdon
2018 Sharma K, Verdon-Kidd D, Magee A, 'Constraining the Forecast of Tropical Cyclone Tracks in the Southwest Pacific', University of NSW (UNSW), Sydney (2018)
2017 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd D, 'Semicentennial variability of southwest Pacific TC counts: a hindcast application of Poisson regression modelling', Semicentennial variability of southwest Pacific TC counts: a hindcast application of Poisson regression modelling, Australian National University (ANU), Australia. (2017)
Co-authors Danielle Verdon
2017 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd D, Diamond H, Kiem AS, 'A new link between interdecadal climate variability and tropical cyclogenesis in the southwest Pacific', Canberra, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2017 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd D, 'Semicentennial variability of southwest Pacific TC counts: a hindcast application of Poisson regression modelling', Semicentennial variability of southwest Pacific TC counts: a hindcast application of Poisson regression modelling, Australian National University (ANU), Australia. (2017)
Co-authors Danielle Verdon
2015 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, 'Pre-Satellite era vs. Post-Satellite era tropical cyclone (TC) data: An analysis of three TC databases for the Southwest Pacific', Santiago, Chile (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2015 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, 'Temporal variability of tropical cyclogenesis: a climatology of the South Pacific', EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2015 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, 'The usefulness of pre-satellite era tropical cyclone data: an intercomparison of three best-track products for the southwest Pacific', AMOS Annual Conference 2015 - Research to Community - Communicating our science, Brisbane, Australia (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2015 Magee A, Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, 'Can Indian Ocean SST variability impact TC activity in the South Pacific? A Spatial Analysis', Vienna, Austria (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2014 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd D, Kiem A, 'Climate Modes and Tropical Cyclogenesis: A Spatial Analysis in the South Pacific', Hobart, Australia. (2014)
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2014 Magee AD, Verdon-Kidd D, 'The Importance of Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Adaptation: Pacific Islanders¿ Insight into Tropical Cyclone Activity', Gold Coast, Australia. (2014)
Co-authors Danielle Verdon
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Magee AD, 'Looking back to look forward - Tropical cyclones in a changing climate', (2018) [O1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Magee AD, An Investigation of Indo-Pacific Climate Variability and Tropical Cyclogenesis in the Southwest Pacific, University of Newcastle, Australia (2016)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $80,388

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20191 grants / $25,000

Investigation into the extreme wind event at Oakey, Queensland on 25th October 2018$25,000

Funding body: Hensoldt Sensors GmbH

Funding body Hensoldt Sensors GmbH
Project Team Associate Professor Anthony Kiem, Doctor Andrew Magee
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1801425
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

20181 grants / $27,178

Capacity building in Pacific meteorology and climate change$27,178

Funding body: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Funding body Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
Project Team Associate Professor Anthony Kiem, Doctor Andrew Magee
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800952
Type Of Funding C3231 - International Govt - Own Purpose
Category 3231
UON Y

20141 grants / $28,210

Relationship between Climatic Variability and Tropical Cyclones in the South Pacific$28,210

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Associate Professor Anthony Kiem, Mr Andrew Magee, Mr Steven Crimp, Doctor Danielle Verdon-Kidd

Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Characterising and Attributing Variability of Cyclone Tracks in the Southwest Pacific Earth Sciences, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Honours Quantifying the relationship between Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability and bushfire in monsoonal north Australia Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle | Australia Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
Australia 4
United Kingdom 1
Japan 1
New Zealand 1
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News

SURVEY - Drought and wellbeing

November 27, 2018

Drought affected rural residents are invited to participate in an online survey which will help inform programs and initiatives targeted at improving resilience to drought.

Capacity building in Pacific meteorology and climate change

August 6, 2018

A new collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and UON's Centre for Water, Climate and Land commenced in August 2018 to develop and provide short-term training courses in Pacific meteorology and climate change

Dr Andrew Magee

Position

Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email andrew.magee@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8657

Office

Building Earth Science Building
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