Browse Entries

Biographical entry Church, John Alexander (1951 - )

FAA, FTSE

Born
21 August 1951
Gympie, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Climate scientist and Oceanographer

Summary

John Church is a world authority on the rate of sea-level rise. He has led research into observations and modelling of earth and ocean systems including work on the major ocean currents surrounding Australia. During over 30 years at CSIRO he built a world-leading sea level research group. Church led major international ocean research programs and was convening lead co-author on chapters on sea level in the 3rd and 5th reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In 2017 he was appointed Professor at the University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Centre.

Details

Events

1972
Education - BSc (hons), University of Queensland
1979
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1984 - 1993
Career position - Research Scientist (later Senior Research Scientist and Principal Research Scientist) CSIRO Division of Oceanography
1987 - ?
Career position - Principal Investigator, NASA/CNES TOPEX/POSEIDON and Jason Satellite Altimeter Missions
1989 - 1993
Career position - Member, World Ocean Circulation Experiment Core 1Working Group
1990 - 1996
Career position - Co-Investigator, NASA/EOS Interdisciplinary Investigation
1990 - 1997
Career position - Leader, Climate Program, CSIRO Division of Oceanography
1991 - 1997
Career position - Leader, Southern Ocean Processes and Polar Water Programs, CRC for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Environments
1993 - 2003
Career position - Program Leader, Oceanography Program, Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions
1994 - ?
Career position - Co-Principal Investigator, ESA ERS-1/2 Satellite Mission
1994
Career position - Scientific Advisor, Environmental Strategies Directorate, Commonwealth Department of Environment, Sport and Territories
1994 - 1998
Career position - Member, CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group
1994 - 1998
Career position - Co-Chair, Scientific Steering Group, World Ocean Circulation Experiment
1997
Career position - Visiting Research Scientist, James Rennell Division, Southampton Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
1997 - 2003
Career position - Leader, Southern Ocean Processes and Polar Water Programs, CRC for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
1998 - 2001
Career position - Co-Convening Lead Author for chapter of Sea Level in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report
1999 - 2006
Career position - Member, Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme
2003 - 2004
Career position - Deputy Chief, CSIRO Marine Research
2003 - 2005
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine Research
2004 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
2004 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2004 - 2006
Career position - Vice-Chair, Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme
2005 -
Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, International Oceanographic Commission
2005 - 2016
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
2006
Award - Roger Revelle Medal, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
2006
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement
2006 - 2008
Career position - Joint Chair, Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme
2007
Award - Nobel Peace Prize (joint) as Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
2007
Award - Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, Australian Museum
2008
Award - R.H. Clarke Lecturer, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
2009 -
Career position - Founding Member, Tasmanian Climate Action Council
2010
Award - CSIRO Fellow
2012
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2017 -
Career position - Professor, Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales
2017
Award - Morton Medal, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
2019
Award - Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change (joint), BBVA Foundation

Related Corporate Bodies

Helen Cohn