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Dynamical meteorology, the study of the motion of the atmosphere and the forces behind them, continues to be driven by the fundamental need to make ever more accurate weather forecasts. These motions span from the global circulation, to synoptic weather patterns and tropical cyclones and down to the smaller motions of isolated storms, sea breezes and turbulence.

Research Team

Assoc Prof Steve Siems

Mountain meteorology, wintertime storms across the south of Australia and the Southern Ocean, boundary layer meteorology.
Prof Christian Jakob

Dr Jennifer Catto

Extratropical cyclones, fronts, warm conveyor belts.

Dr Hamish Ramsay

Prof Michael Reeder

Fronts and frontogenesis, gravity wave generation from non-orographic sources, Rossby wave dynamics, undular bores.

Recent Publications


  • Berry, G. J., M. J. Reeder. 2016. The dynamics of bursts in the Australian monsoon. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 55–69.


  • Catto, J. L., E. Madonna, H. Joos, I. Rudeva, and I. Simmonds (2015),  Global relationship between fronts and warm conveyor belts and the impact on extreme precipitation, J. Climate, 28, 8411-8429,
  • Hande, L.B., D.H. Lenschow, S.T. Siems and M.J. Manton, 2015: An evaluation of COSMIC radio occultation data in the lower atmosphere over the Southern Ocean. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 97-107, DOI:10.5194/amt8-97-2015.


  • Hankinson, C. M. N., M. J. Reeder, and T. P. Lane. 2014. Gravity waves generated by convection during TWP-ICE Part I: Inertia-gravity waves. J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi: 10.1002/2013JD020724.
  • Hankinson, C. M. N., M. J. Reeder, and T. P. Lane. 2014. Gravity waves generated by convection during TWP-ICE. Part II: High-frequency waves. J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi: 10.1002/2013JD020726.
  • Smith, R. K., M.J. Reeder. 2014. A review of research on the dry season mesoscale meteorology of northern Australia. Aust. Meteor. Ocean. J., 64, S9 – S43.

Recent Grants

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD4340), 2015  – Boundary Layer Processes over the Southern Ocean: Winds, Turbulence and Clouds. Siems, Alexander, Belusic, de Boer, Hamilton, Manton.

Australian Research Council (linkage grant LP130100679), 2013 – Improving the physical understanding, numerical simulation and forecasts of severe storms and precipitation events over major Australian cities. Siems, Stone, Ramsay, Manton, Protat, Mushtaq and Siskas