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Peter Gibson
Postdoctoral Researcher

Peter Gibson is a climate scientist working as a Caltech postdoc at JPL. His research interests broadly span climate extremes (especially heat waves and drought), regional climate modelling and climate model evaluation. His work at JPL involves evaluating climate models against ground observations and satellite data across a range of metrics and variables as part of the RCMES project. This also involves trying to identify processes that drive climate extremes in the 'real world' that might be less well represented in climate models.

  • 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
  • extreme events in a changing climate
  • climate model evaluation
  • large scale atmospheric circulation related to climate extremes
  • land surface and temperature extremes
  • 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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