Dr Andrew Magee

Dr Andrew Magee

Associate Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Andrew Magee is an associate lecturer and early career researcher within the Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG). Andrew's research investigates the impact of climate variability on tropical cyclone activity in the Australian and southwest Pacific regions. Tropical cyclones are inherently variable, both spatially and temporally. This has significant implications for people, places and infrastructure across the Australian-Pacific region. By looking at large-scale interactions between the ocean and atmopshere, Andrew's research continues to better our understanding of tropical cyclone variability in the region. In addition, Andrew is interested in interdisciplinary research methods to constrain and improve tropical cyclone forecasting methods.



Qualifications

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

Keywords

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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
040105 Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes) 50
040604 Natural Hazards 25
040104 Climate Change Processes 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
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
GEOS2161 GIS and Remote Sensing
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 4/03/2013 - 16/12/2016
GEOS2050 River Basin Processes
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 4/03/2013 - 16/12/2016
GEOS3250 Geographic Information Systems
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 4/03/2013 - 16/12/2016
GEOS3220 Coastal Environments and Processes
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 1/02/2016 - 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
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
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 use... [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 - 1
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 re duce 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 - 1
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
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 Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
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 Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
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 Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
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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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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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Climate Change and Australian Wine Regions: A Spatial Analysis of Historic, Current, and Future Suitability PhD (Environmental Sc), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Characterising and Attributing Variability of Cyclone Tracks in the Southwest Pacific Earth Sciences, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
Australia 3
United Kingdom 1
Japan 1
New Zealand 1
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Dr Andrew Magee

Positions

Associate Lecturer
Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email andrew.magee@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8851

Office

Room GG07
Building Earth Science Building
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