Penny Whetton

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Penny Whetton
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Personal details
Born (1958-01-05) 5 January 1958 (age 59)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Janet Rice
Children John Rice-Whetton
Leon Rice-Whetton
Residence Footscray
Alma mater Melbourne University
Occupation Climatologist

Penelope Whetton (born 5 January 1958) is a climatologist and an expert in regional climate change projections due to global warming and in the impacts of those changes. Her primary scientific focus has been Australia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Whetton was born in Melbourne, Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Physics, and an Honours year in Meteorology, from the University of Melbourne. She received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the same university in 1986.


Whetton started her career in the late 1980s as a researcher in the Department of Geography at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria.[2]

In 1989, she joined the Atmospheric Research division of CSIRO (later becoming CMAR CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research). Whetton became a research leader in 1999 and a research program leader in 2009.[2]

She was one of the lead authors of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Whetton has been an invited speaker at various climate change conferences such as the Aspen Change Institute,[3] Four Degrees Or More? Australia in a Hot World[4] at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and the Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change conference.[5]

Whetton has published numerous scientific journal articles on climate change as well as a contribution to more popular publications.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Whetton lives in Footscray, Victoria with her spouse Janet Rice, a Greens Senator and former Mayor of Maribyrnong, and their two sons. In 2003, Whetton underwent gender affirmation surgery.[7][8]


  1. ^ Marsa, Linda. "The Continent Where Climate Went Haywire". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr Penny Whetton: researching climate impact and risk". CSIRO. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Future Changes in Climate Extremes: Toward an Assessment for the Australian Report". Aspen Global Change Institute. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Four Degrees or More: Australia In A Hot World". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change". CSIRO. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Australia's Dust Bowl and Global Warming: Earth Wind and Fire". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Birnbauer, William. "Gender changes, but a wife's love stays". The Age Company Ltd. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  8. ^ I still love her, we can stay married: The Senator and her transgender wife, SBS, 6 Feb 2015

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