Professor David Karoly

Research Leader

University of Melbourne

Professor David Karoly is an expert in climate change science and contributed to the preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007.

A Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, David Karoly is active in researching climate variability and climate change, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Ni–o-Southern Oscillation.

Professor Karoly held the position of Chair of the Premier of Victoria’s Climate Change Reference Group and is a member of the Science Advisory Panel to the Australian Government’s Climate Commission. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society for outstanding contributions to the atmospheric sciences.

Through his studies on the impact of climate change on weather extremes and their effect on human and natural systems, Professor Karoly hopes to make a wide contribution to human health and well-being, a commitment he shares with the CRN.

“I love being a climate scientist,” he says.

“What I’ve done is set up a climate change research group. Most important to me is family, but then the environment. I am doing something that I think can benefit humankind.”