5 January 1958 |
|Alma mater||Melbourne University|
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.
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.
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. 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). 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, Four Degrees Or More? Australia in a Hot World at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and the Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change conference.
Whetton has published numerous scientific journal articles on climate change as well as a contribution to more popular publications.
- Marsa, Linda. "The Continent Where Climate Went Haywire". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Dr Penny Whetton: researching climate impact and risk". CSIRO. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Future Changes in Climate Extremes: Toward an Assessment for the Australian Report". Aspen Global Change Institute. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Four Degrees or More: Australia In A Hot World". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change". CSIRO. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Australia’s Dust Bowl and Global Warming: Earth Wind and Fire". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 May 2013.