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 a lead author of the IPCC's Third Assessment Report, and of the Fourth Assessment Report which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (jointly with Al Gore).[3] She is currently a Lead Author of the yet to be released Fifth Assessment Report.

Whetton has been an invited speaker at various climate change conferences such as the Aspen Change Institute,[4] Four Degrees Or More? Australia in a Hot World[5] at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and the Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change conference.[6]

Whetton has published numerous scientific journal articles on climate change as well as a contribution to more popular publications.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Whetton lives in Footscray, Victoria with her spouse Janet Rice, a Greens politician and former Mayor of Maribyrnong, and their two sons.


  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. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Future Changes in Climate Extremes: Toward an Assessment for the Australian Report". Aspen Global Change Institute. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Four Degrees or More: Australia In A Hot World". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change". CSIRO. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Australia’s Dust Bowl and Global Warming: Earth Wind and Fire". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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