Dr Helen Adair Cleugh

Honorary Professor
ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions

I am an atmospheric scientist with a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada, on urban climate processes. I was a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Macquarie University in Sydney, NSW from 1987 to 1994 before joining CSIRO as a Research Scientist in 1994 where I remained until my retirement in late 2020. I am now a CSIRO Post Retirement Fellow as well as an Honorary Professor at ANU.

I was inaugural Director of CSIRO's Climate Science Centre from 2017 to 2020 and, for over a decade prior, was a senior leader of CSIRO's climate and atmospheric research. I built collaborations within CSIRO and nationally, including national research infrastructure for terrestrial observations (NCRIS TERN) and Earth System Models (ACCESS-NRI).

My research explores the influence of land-air interactions on climate, carbon uptake and water availability, and how this affects carbon and water resource management, environmental outcomes, and climate - at local to global scales and in cities, agricultural and forested landscapes. This research has provided data, information and knowledge for resource managers, urban planners, and decision and policymakers.

I am a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Meteorological Society (AMOS) and have been a member of the World Climate Research Programme's Joint Scientific Committee since 2015 and is currently the Vice Chair.

Research interests

Micrometeorology and convective boundary layer dynamics.

Climate and hydrology in cities, forests and agricultural regions via measurements and modelling of the land - air fluxes of energy, water and carbon.

Informing carbon and water resource management via in-situ measurements combined with remote sensing.

Effects of windbreaks on airflow, surface energy balances, crop microclimates and productivity.

Global climate and Earth System science - especially linked to cliamte adaptation and mitigation strategies.