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Peter Gibson
Postdoctoral Researcher

Peter Gibson is a climate scientist and JPL postdoc. His research focus is on extreme events (especially atmospheric blocking and drought) and understanding what drives these events over a range of timescales (from weather through to climate change).

  • PhD, Climate Science. University of New South Wales, Australia (2017)
  • MSc, Physical Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand (2014)
  • BSc, Mathematics, University of Otago, New Zealand (2011)

Research Interests
  • Large scale atmospheric circulation related to climate extremes
  • Model S2S prediction skill and predictability
  • Machine learning applications

Professional Experience
  • November 2017-present. Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, in the Earth Science division (Terrestrial Hydrology)

Selected Awards
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), UNSW
  • NZ Geographical Society President's Award (Science) for best thesis in Physical Geography
  • University of Otago Duffus Lubecki Scholarship in Applied Science
  • University of Otago Undergraduate Scholarship in Science

Selected Publications
  1. Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E., & Gibson, P. B. (2017). Changes in regional heatwave characteristics as a function of increasing global temperature. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 12256.
  2. Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S., Fischer, E., Angélil, O., & Gibson, P. (2017). The influence of internal climate variability on heatwave frequency trends. Environmental Research Letters, 12(4), 044005.
  3. Gibson, P. B., Pitman, A. J., Lorenz, R., & Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E. (2017). The Role of Circulation and Land Surface Conditions in Current and Future Australian Heat Waves. Journal of Climate, 30(24), 9933-9948.
  4. Gibson, P. B., Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E., Uotila, P., Pepler, A. S., & Alexander, L. V. (2017). On the use of self-organizing maps for studying climate extremes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(7), 3891-3903.
  5. Gibson, P. B., Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E., Alexander, L. V., & Fischer, E. M. (2017). Comparing Australian heat waves in the CMIP5 models through cluster analysis. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(6), 3266-3281.
  6. Gibson, P. B., Uotila, P., Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E., Alexander, L. V., & Pitman, A. J. (2016). Evaluating synoptic systems in the CMIP5 climate models over the Australian region. Climate Dynamics, 47(7), 2235-2251.
  7. Gibson, P. B., Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E., & Renwick, J. A. (2016). Projected changes in synoptic weather patterns over New Zealand examined through self-organizing maps. International Journal of Climatology, 36(12), 3934-3948.
  8. Harrington, L. J.,Gibson, P. B., Dean, S. M., Mitchell, D., Rosier, S. M., & Frame, D. J. (2016). Investigating event-specific drought attribution using self-organizing maps. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121(21), 12,766-712,780.
  9. Perkins, S., & Gibson, P. (2015). Increased risk of the 2014 Australian May heatwave due to anthropogenic activity. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96(12), S154-S157.
  10. Gibson, P. B., & Cullen, N. J. (2015). Synoptic and sub-synoptic circulation effects on wind resource variability-A case study from a coastal terrain setting in New Zealand. Renewable Energy, 78, 253-263.
  11. Gibson, P. B., & Cullen, N. J. (2015). Regional Variability in New Zealand's Wind Resource Linked to Synoptic-Scale Circulation: Implications for Generation Reliability. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54(5), 944-958.

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